Christian Christmas tree

Christian Christmas tree

Scripture reading: Luke 1:26-31, Luke 2:1-20

Activities

* Starting December 1, create an ornament each day to place on a Christmas tree. Make the following symbols from plastic foam, felt, construction paper or other available materials. Decorate your ornaments with glitter, sequins, ribbon or other items.

* As you place the decoration/symbol on the tree, talk about its meaning.

* Do something special for someone each day.

1

Grapes

symbol of the sacrament of Holy Communion

2

Stone tablets

symbol for the Ten Commandments

3

Triquetra

early symbol of the Holy Trinity

4

Rainbow

symbol of God’s love and protection

5

Wheat

symbol of Jesus as the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

6

Ship

symbol of the church in which Christians sail the rough seas of life

7

Lamb with banner

symbol of Jesus’ victory over sin

8

Scroll

symbol of the five books of Moses (first five books of the Old Testament)

9

Church

symbol of our family relationship with God

10

Ark

symbol of the church — all living creatures found refuge in the ark

11

Dogwood

symbol of Jesus’ crucifixion

12

Iris

symbol of the mother of Jesus and often a symbol of the Trinity

13

Musical note

symbol for praise and worship

14

Dove with olive sprig

symbol of peace, forgiveness and new life

15

Empty cross

symbol of Jesus’ death and resurrection

16

Ladder

symbol of the connection of heaven and earth with God

17

Twelve-pointed star

symbol of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles

18

Candle

symbol of Jesus as the Light of the World (John 8:12)

19

Anchor

symbol of hope

20

Gift

symbol of generosity

21

Angel

symbol of God’s messengers

22

Camel

symbol of the search for Jesus

23

Advent candles

symbol of light, hope, joy and peace and wreath symbol of God’s unchanging love

24

Manger

symbol of Jesus’ birth

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