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Christmas 2020: Significance Of Decorating X-mas Tree With Ornaments

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You might have asked a million people as to why they decorate the Christmas tree during this festive season. There is a lot of significance behind decorating the Christmas tree and many who believe in myths will surely enjoy this read. There are people all around the world who decorate the Christmas tree every year without stopping to wonder why this has become a tradition after all.

It is said that the legend of the Christmas tree goes back to the seventh century when St. Boniface travelled to northern Germany in order to convert the pagan tribes of the area to Christianity. It was the belief that he used the triangular shape of the fir tree as a teaching aid to explain the holy trinity which is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. While this is the legend for where Christmas trees hail from, however, there is very little actual evidence to support this myth or belief.

The significance of why Christians decorate the Christmas tree goes back a long time ago when people used to decorate the winter trees outside their home which had no leaves on it. People felt that when the leaves fell from the trees, the spirit of the tree abandoned it. This made the people very sad as they felt that without the spirits the tree would no longer survive. It was after this when people decided to decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments and make it look beautiful to attract the spirits once again. Christians decorated the Christmas tree with bright colours and lights so that it will show life within the tree. This is one of the reasons as to why Christians decorate the Christmas tree.

Another reason which is unknown to many is this - It is believed that the Christmas tree was decorated to attract people to Christmas fairs where merchants sold gifts, food and other items in the days leading up to the grand day of Christmas. This was one way of attracting people to unite on a beautiful day.

One the other hand, it is said that the Christmas tree is decorated with symbols/ornaments which have a spiritual meaning behind it. Here are some of the ornaments which need to be decked on the Christmas tree. Take a look:

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The Star

The star on top of the tree symbolises the star of Bethlehem, leading the three wise men to the stable where Jesus lay.

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The Lights

The lights on the Christmas tree resembled the stars twinkling in the night sky.

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The Tinsel

The tinsel on the Christmas tree is the little sparks of fire, the fire Joseph made to keep Mary and Jesus warm when they were at the stable.

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The colours on the Christmas Tree

Red - Red is for Jesus' blood that was shed to redeem us
Silver and Gold - Silver and gold are for the rich blessings that He has given us.
Green - Green is for the trees and plants that God created to provide food for us.

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Candy Canes

Canes on the Christmas tree have a menaing to it as well. It is believed that the shape of the cane is to remind us of the Shepherd's staff which was used to guide the sheep. It was also the shepherd who were the first to witness the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Wreath

The Christmas wreaths represent the unceasing love of the Father. It shows how God's mercies are new every morning, and how true love has no beginning or end!

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Gifts Under the Christmas tree

Gifts hung on the Christmas tree and at the feet of the tree remind us of how we have received the greatest gift on earth, which is 'eternal life' through the blood of Jesus Christ.

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The Christmas Balls

The magic of the coloured balls help to invoke the spirit through the metal element. The circular shape of the Christmas ball is a reminiscent of heaven, which remind us of jewels descending from heaven.

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Christmas Bells

The significance of the Christmas bells is that it rings out to guide the lost sheep back to the fold.

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Pinecones

The beautiful pinecones on the tree signify fertility and motherhood.

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Christmas Bow

The meaning of the red Christmas bow indicates that we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill forever.

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