Each year we celebrate Christmas with family, friends and co-workers, many of us erect an evergreen tree in our homes as a symbol of Christmas, below is my version of the meaning of the Christmas Tree.
The initial historical mention of using the evergreen at Christmas was in 12th century Germany, and it was referred to as a “Paradise Tree”. An evergreen fir was erected during the Christmas season as a symbol of the tree of life, which was in the Garden of Eden. The evergreen fir was considered a sign of hope that the spring season was forthcoming, because the fir endured the harsh European winters. Simply enough, through Jesus Christ, we have the hope of everlasting life.
In short; the evergreen lives through winter (difficult times) without fading or losing its needles, many people believe the Christmas Tree represents the immortality of the resurrected Christ.
The lights on the first Christmas Tree were candles, which were to symbolize Christ and his eternal life gift to us. Candles give us light and warmth as it consumes the wax, it’s made from, Jesus gave of his own substance, his life (wax), so that we might find a divine light. Once we discover the divine light for ourselves, we can, through the power of the Holy Spirit, give of ourselves to others.
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