Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Chrismon Tree

Ever seen a Chrismon tree? It's a Christmas tree that uses the early symbols of Christianity for decorations. Some of the common symbols used are:

1. The Greek letters Chi and Rho, which are the first two letters in "christos."
2. The Five-Pointed Star, the symbol which led the Wise Men to Bethlehem.
3. The Triangle, which represents the Triune God, one God who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
4. The Fish (icthus) symbolizes the first letters of the Greek words, Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior.
5. The Cross, which is central to Christianity for it was on the cross that Jesus died and made atonement for our sins.
6. The Globe surmounted by the Cross, which shows that Christ's reign is extending around the earth through the spread of the Gospel. When this age ends, Christ will reign over all in person.

7. The Butterfly symbolizes eternal life and resurrection.
8. The Greek letters Alpha and Omega point to Christ as the beginning and the end.

There are others, and you can learn more by clicking this link.

Click to enlarge the picture and find the Chrismon tree symbols.


Kate said...

A creative way to introduce the important symbold. Different from most tree decorations and it makes a lot of sense!

marley said...

Very interesting post! I've learn't something new today.

bfarr said...

Very interesting. And a nice looking tree too.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

I like your Christmas tree. And the meanings of the different decorations.
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Boise Diva said...

I haven't seen one in years!

Leif Hagen said...

Lovely and educational at the same time!
Merry Christmas!