We often hear people complain about department stores putting up Christmas decorations too early. Or that the merchandisers are only thinking of commercial gain. I have been guilty of this a time or two. But when we think about the symbols of Christmas, they really can’t be displayed too early. The wreaths, lights, red bows, decorated trees, presents; all remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. <!–split–>
While on vacation recently in Branson, Myra and I saw several shows, including The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show. The second half of that show focused on the symbols of Christmas. I want to share some of their show symbols with you.
The Wreath … eternal love, no beginning nor end. Love comes full circle.
The Candle … the light of Christ that shines in each of us.
The Gifts … giving, sharing, thinking of others.
The Bow … tied in the bonds of brotherly/sisterly love.
The Bell … rings to bring lost sheep home.
The Tree … the evergreen of everlasting life, pointing heavenward.
The Candy Cane … shepherd’s crook for bringing lambs back to the fold.
The Red … the Savior’s sacrifice for all.
The Star … the Bethlehem star, a sign of prophecy, the light of the world.
Each of these symbols help us to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ.
Myra and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you Sunday, if not before – Pastor Tim