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Last Updated: 24th December, 2019

Christmas Symbols

Christmas Symbols

By Christmas symbols we mean the various objects that bring the remembrance of deep convictions related to Christianity.
And there are numerous such symbols in Christianity that serves the purpose.

Many Christmas emblems convey different religious messages that actually Jesus Christ wanted to convey to the mankind.

Christmas Poinsettia

Christmas Poinsettia is a crimson flower that was brought to Mexico by Joel R. Poinsett in the early 19th century from USA, its indigenously native country. Poinsett was overly enamored by the bright hue of the flowers that opened wide with large pointed petals. Also, the noticeable shape of the flowers that wrapped the massive bunch of dark green leaves attracted Poinsett to a large extent. Because of this initiation of Poinsett, the flower received its name as Christmas Poinsettia and was happily welcomed by the people of Mexico. Since then, the eminence of the flower mounted and the flower very soon made its mention in various popular folklores.


Christmas Rosemary

Christmas Rosemary

Apart from Myrrh, Christmas rose, Mistletoe and Frankincense, there is another plant called Christmas Rosemary that is in no case behind the above-mentioned popular herbs associated with Christmas. And all these plants and flowers hold the spiritual aspect of Christianity. They come under the worship of Christians because the Lord Christ honored them. Some became the souvenirs of love for Christ while some gained their holy status because of they came in close physical contact with Christ. Among such plants comes the name of Rosemary of Christmas.


Christmas Star

Christmas Star

The Christmas star in the entire Christian religion is considered to be of enormous significance. According to the biblical information, the Jesus Star is that symbol, which marked the birth of Jesus Christ. It appeared for the first time on the auspicious day when the Messiah arrived on earth. It is a general belief that as soon as the Jesus Star made visible in the night sky, the three great followers of Lord Jesus understood that their path shower had made His way into this world. So, in order to have a glimpse of the divine figure of little Christ, the three wise men including Magi turned their way towards Jerusalem. And throughout their journey, it was the Star of Christmas that guided them to reach the destination.


Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

No matter how many gifts one receives on Christmas the real excitement lies in the bags from where the gifts suddenly emerge. And those secret containers are referred as Christmas stockings. They appear like the socks that we wear and differ in shapes, sizes and patterns. The enchanting outside decoration very suitably resembles the internal elements. And such a makeup of stockings is deliberately done because it shows that the gifts stuffed inside are as fabulous as the good-looking stocking.

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are those fine creations that add an extra oomph to our adornments for Christmas and turn our jubilation an affair to remember forever. Since all of us seem to be in a pure mood of vacations, we get ample time to think over how to make our merriment holiday the best of any other holidays. And to fulfill our wishes, there exist lots of holiday wreaths that fill the Christmas decoration accessory shops very nearby our residential places.


Bells

Christmas Bells

What do bells symbolize at Christmas?

  • Bells are a familiar symbol during the holiday season. It has a close association with Christian churches. Ringing of bells can still be heard every Sunday, and when there is some religious celebrations - one of the most significant of course is Christmas.
  • Bells are rung during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season, to the birth of Christ.
  • "Christmas Bells" is a well known, poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas morning in 1863 during the Civil War.

Dove

Christmas Dove

The dove is a symbol of peace. Surely, the concept of peace is relevant to Christmas. Moreover Jesus was born into the world to bring peace between God and mankind.

Bible quotes about Dove
Psalm 55:6 Verse Concepts I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.


Snowflakes

Christmas Snowflakes

Snowflakes are naturally associated with Christmas in America, as snow most often falls during this time of year in the Northern hemisphere. Christmas comes just four days after the winter season officially begins. Though snowflakes come in a variety of patterns, one thing they all have in common is their hexagonal form (six-sided structure)


Angels

Christmas Angels

What does the angel represent at Christmas?

The term angel literally means "messenger," An angel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Christ (Luke 1:26-38). An angel appeared to Joseph telling him that what was conceived in Mary was from the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20-21). The angels that came to the Bethlehem shepherds to tell them that a special baby had been born in Bethlehem. Some people call the angel a "fairy", which is a very different creature from mythology, nothing to do with Christmas.


Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a popular symbol of Christmas, the name Santa Claus is the English form of the Dutch name for St. Nicholas He loved children the most and went from home to home giving gifts. He wears red, the first color of Christmas. He brings good will and love to all.


Gifts

Gifts

Gifts are a part of celebrating the holidays. Christmas is a festive occasion when family and friends share warm memories and meaningful gift swapping. Gifts express your love and tell those that you care about just how special you think they are. You don't have to spend a lot of money, but your gift should be one that will be remembered throughout the years.


Holly

Holly

Among various Christmas flowers, Christmas holly is a favorite Christmas flower of many people as Christmas holly is a perfect symbol of Christmas with green leaf and red berries. In Germany, holly is called as Christdorn memorizing the Christ's crown of thorns. Christmas holly is hung on the doors and windows to keep away witches, curses, evil spirits, and lightning. Romans gifted Christmas holly to their friends during Saturnalia as a sign for good luck charms and safety against evil.


Candles

Candles
  • In Christianity, Christmas candles are commonly used in worship both for decoration and ambience, and as symbols that represent the light of God, or specifically the light of Christ. Candles are often placed on the altar.
  • Christmas Candles were traditionally used to light up Christmas trees before the advent of electric lights. They are still, even today, commonly used to decorate Christmas trees in Denmark and other European countries. They are also used in Advent wreaths. In some parts of Ireland, it was traditional to have a Yule candle instead of a Yule Log.
  • Though no one knows how candles came to be associated with Christmas. Most historians agree that it could have been because of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, celebrated during the winter. Early Christians may have borrowed the practice of burning candles from Hanukkah and incorporated it in Christmas. One of the earliest records of candles being used at Christmas was during the Middle Ages when a large candle was used to represent the star of Bethlehem. Jesus is also referred to as the 'light of the world'.


Candy Cane

Candy Cane

A Christmas candy cane is a cane-shaped candy often associated with Christmas, It is traditionally white with red stripes and with different flavors and colors.

  • Their first connection to Christmas comes from 1874.
  • Around 1920, Bob McCormack, USA, started making canes for his friends and family. They became more and more popular and he started his own business called Bob's Candies.
  • Not only is it eaten as a minty treat, the candy cane is often used as christmas ornaments. German-Swedish immigrant to Wooster, Ohio, named August Imgard turned candy canes into ornaments in 1870.
  • Sometimes Christian meanings are giving to candy cane. The 'J' can also mean Jesus. The white of the cane can represent the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross.


Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree is associated with the celebration of Christmas, a decorated tree, usually a spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance.

In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights Today, there is a wide variety of traditional and modern ornaments, such as baubles, candy canes. garlands, and tinsel, An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem, Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are hung from the tree's branches with ribbons.

In the Western Christian tradition, Christmas trees are variously erected on days such as the first day of Advent or even as late as Christmas Eve depending on the country or customs and Christmas tree. Traditionally, Catholics do not take down their Christmas trees and holiday decorations until January 7, the day after Epiphany. The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day; the period before that is known as Advent, the time of preparation for Christmas. The 12 days of Christmas end on Epiphany.


Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

People bake gingerbread during the holiday seasons and "baking gingerbread" is great tradition in Europe.The gingerbread man is cut into the "shape of a little boy". The symbolic meaning of an oven is a symbol of birth or transformation of life. In the story the Gingerbread Man, the gingerbread man springs out of the oven alive and transformed from a piece of gingerbread to a live, gingerbread man. Gingerbread was manufactured from ginger, breadcrumbs, and a sweetener, like honey.
Gingerbread men are also used as simple Christmas decorations.


Jesus Birth

Jesus Birth

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Tradition of Giving Gifts

The Tradition of Giving Gifts