Going outside in the middle of winter, chopping down a living tree, and bringing it into your home was a tradition started by the Egyptians who were a part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshipped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrived they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life’s triumph over death.
Now, Christians and – virtually everyone else – have a Christmas tree in their homes. To Christians the Christmas tree represents Life. Life of Jesus and our salvation because green is the color for life. Growing trees, bushes and plants etc.
Stringing the Lights on the tree! The Ancient people used to have actual candles lit up on the tree! Can you imagine how cool that would be into todays culture? Lights symbolize Jesus and how He is the Light of the World, the lights of heaven, and the stars twinkling in the sky when the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields to tell about the birth of baby Jesus!
And of course, you can’t forget the angel or star on the tree! The star represents the star the wise men saw in the night that led them to their LORD Jesus.
The angel reminds us of how they came to the shepherds to share the Joy of the baby boy Jesus.
Keep these in mind when you look at your Christmas tree, and remember the true meaning of Christmas!