Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Symbols v.2

*THESE ARE FROM KRISTEN C. on the Facebook LDS Chorister's Group.  I already have another, simpler Christmas Symbols post, but I liked the meaning behind each symbol that Kristen gives:


Angel: Represents the angels promised good tiding of great joy when Christ was born
Song: Samuel Tells of Baby Jesus (including vs. 2) p. 36

Santa: Represents the generosity and kindness of the Christmas season and the gifts that God has given us
Song: Have a Very Merry Christmas p. 51

Christmas Bells: "Christmas bells can serve as heralds of his coming." (Bruce D. Porter "KIng of Kings") and rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold - all are precious to Jesus
Song: Christmas Bells p. 54

Christmas Tree: The green color of the evergreen tree remains green all year round. Our Christmas trees represent eternal life - the greatest gift from our Savior. The needles point heavenward, reminding us of Christ.
Song: Families Can be Together Forever p. 188

The Color Red: The color red helps us remember that Christ shed his blood for us. – focus on his love for us
Song: I Feel My Savior’s Love p.74

Candle: Symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world and when we see this great light we are reminded of Jesus who fills our lives with light
Song: Silent Night Hymns p. 204

Gift Bow: Ties as we should all be tied together in bonds of good will forever
Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Hymn p.214

Candy Cane: "the candy cane is widely recognized as a reproduction of a shepherd's staff." (Bruce D. Porter "King of Kings") The crook on the staff helps to bring back sheep that have strayed. The candy cane is the symbol of Christ being our shepherd.
Song: Sleep Little Jesus p.47

Christmas Wreath: "The Christmas wreath originated in remembrance of the crown of thorns worn by the Savior on the cross; it may also remind us that God's plan is "one eternal round." (Bruce D. Porter "King of Kings")" The wreath symbolizes eternity and the eternal nature of Christ's love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end."
Song: I Lived in Heaven vs. 3 p. 4

Christmas Stockings: "Even the Christmas stockings hung by the fireplace may bring to mind those who have neither shoes nor stockings, whose store of worldly goods is bare, prompting us to reach out and share with the needy at this time of year. In the symbols and traditions of Christmas, all things bear record of him." (Bruce D Porter "King of Kings")
Song: I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus p.78

Tree Lights: Remind us that Christ is the light of the world.
Song: Mary’s Lullaby p. 44

Gifts: We give and receive gifts at Christmas time in remembrance of Heavenly Father's greatest gift of all: His son Jesus Christ.
Song: He Sent His Son p.34

Star: The star was fulfillment of the promise that a new star would arise on the night of Christ's birth. The people of the Book of Mormon also saw the star, as well as the Wise Men that came from the East.
Song: Stars Were Gleaming p.37

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