The Meanings of Christmas Continue….
It’s been a few days since the angel visited me in my dreams. I’m going to take a nap now to see if she will come back today. It’s been a bit hectic around here lately so I’m thinking that’s why she hasn’t been back. But all’s quiet now. Zzzzzzzz…..
“Bear, Bear, wake up. It’s me, your angel friend.”
“What? Oh, hi. I’ve been waiting for you!” my tail wagging.
“I know you’ve been busy so I thought I’d wait since I know it’s hard to remember dreams. But are you ready to learn some more about Christmas now?”
“Oh, yes!” I replied excitedly. “Please tell me about the Christmas tree.”
The Meaning of the Christmas Tree
“Well the whole story of the tree could go on for a very long time, as there are many different stories from many different countries. So I’m just going to be very brief about what the tree represents to Christians. The Christmas tree signifies the “cross” that Jesus died upon. In Bible scriptures the cross is repeatedly called the “tree.”
The angel continued, “The Christmas tree is an evergreen. Since evergreens don’t lose their foliage it symbolizes everlasting life. Thus, the Christmas tree is an evergreen that reminds us that we have “eternal life” in Jesus Christ. The evergreen is also a sign of hope throughout the winter season–hope in the promise that the rest of nature will awaken to new life in the coming spring.”
“Yes,” the angel agreed. “However, it is the beautiful adornments on the tree that also mean so much. The lights and the ornaments represent the glory of what Jesus did for us on the cross. And we often put a star on top which represents the Star of Bethlehem. Many Christians see the star as a miraculous sign to mark the birth of the Christ.”
“We have an angel, like you, on top of our tree!” I exclaimed. “Why do we have an angel instead?”
“Well angels are popular tree tops too. An angel is a messenger from God and played a very important role is delivering the news of the Christ child, to both Mary and Joseph and to the world. So Bear, there is nothing wrong with having an angel on the top of the tree. As a matter of fact,” she whispered ” it is my preferred choice,” and then winked at me.
“Whew,” I growled. “I wouldn’t want Maw and Paw to be displaying the wrong thing!”
And Gift Giving
“No Bear, there is no right and wrong about what we display as long as it comes from the heart and brings us joy and pleasure.” In fact, Christmas is mostly about sharing our love and gratitude toward those we love. And that is why we give gifts at Christmas time. God gave us the gift of Baby Jesus, the wise men brought Jesus birthday presents, and Jesus gave us the gift of salvation on the tree. We continue this tradition through the joy of giving gifts to others.”
“And it’s joyful to receive gifts too!” I included.
“Yes, and that is exactly the point: To make others happy.”
And Other Christmas Favorites
“Well, I must get going now,” she said. “I have a very busy schedule too. But before I go, here are a few more interesting facts about Christmas decorations.”
“Holly represents the crown of thorns that was put on top of Jesus’ head when he was crucified.”
“A beautiful wreath signifies life and hope.”
“Merry Christmas, Bear!” and with that she was gone.
“Merry Christmas to you too, my Christmas Angel. Thank you for sharing the meanings of Christmas with me!”
And Merry Christmas to each and every one of you too!
Please leave a comment about some of your favorite Christmas decorations.