Many people have heard the story of Christmas, but not everyone knows why we have a Christmas tree, wreaths, or many other Christmas items.
Many people have heard the story of Christmas, but not everyone knows why we have a Christmas tree, wreaths, or many other Christmas items. Every year, my family talks about what everything means as we decorate and go shopping.
As we hang the wreath up on our door, my mother says, "Remember, the wreath stands for a never ending love that God has for us. It has no beginning and no end, like the wreath." We decorate some other parts of the house with candy canes, which represent a shepherd's crook. "We are all part of God's flock. Remember to follow him," I say as we all decorate.
Soon, it's time to go out and buy a tree. As we browse, my older sister says, "Pick a nice evergreen. After all, the needles have to point toward heaven." As we decorate the tree in red and green ornaments, my father says, "Red stands for Christ's sacrifice for us, and green stands for everlasting life." After that, we put bells on the tree. When they fall off, they ring, guiding us to the area they fell at, just like God calls out to us when we are not choosing the right. Then, it's time to put our tree topper on: a golden star. Just like the star that once guided the three Wise Men to Christ so long ago, the star reminds us to follow a righteous path.
On the days leading up to Christmas, we wrap each other's presents, topping each one with a bow. The bow shows us that we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill forever.
Lastly, on Christmas Eve, we hope the power will go out so that we can use our candles. We don't just want to smell the delicious scent in the air, we want to be reminded of how the candles, when lit, are reflecting the star above the Earth that signaled Christ's birth to people all over.
People all have traditions around the holidays, but this one, sharing what Christmas really means with my family, is my favorite.