Friday, December 18, 2009

Symbols Of Christmas

This flower was brought to the U.S. by Dr, J.R. Poinsett in 1825. He was the first first United States ambassador to Mexico. Because of its flame leaf, the poinsettia is sometimes called the Christmas Star.

Christmas lights represent Christ as being the "Light of the World." Lights also represent stars.

An angel told the shepherds of the birth of Jesus. Angels come in many forms for Christmas decorations including the tree topper

Reindeer were the animals chosen by St. Nicholas to pull his sleigh.

A sprig of evergreen plant hung at Christmas time. Custom is that people can kiss each other standing under it. Plum Pudding

the evergreen tree represents eternal life because it stays green year round.

Saint Nicholas was a real person. He was a kind bishop who brought presents to children and needy people.

And last but not least, the Nativity Set, Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus in a manger.

Other Symbols include:
Advent Wreath
Four candles placed on a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas in anticipation of Christ's birthday.

Church bells
ring to announce the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Stocking:
There is a legend associated with the origin of Christmas stockings. St. Nick, who wanted to remain anonymous and help a poor family, threw gold coins down their chimney. They fell into a stocking that was hanging there to dry


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Very nice, Sandra..... By the way, I love your pool... Do you all enjoy it 'most' of the year???? Are you getting all of that rain today???

Love that Saint Nicholas. I have two Santas--but mine are 'kiddie' ones and not gorgeous like yours...

I love all of the symbols of Christmas... This year it seems to be flying by... I cannot believe that a week from today is Christmas Day... Yipes!!!!

Great post. Thanks.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great photos Sandra, each tells the story of its symbol beautifully. Great St. Nicholas and I adore the crystal reindeer.

I saw Betsy's comment above, it is hard to believe Christmas is only a week away. I am so not ready!!!