Each day between December 1-25, we will look at one of the traditional symbols of Christmas, what these symbols mean and how they tell the Christmas story of our Savior’s birth.
Chrismons are Christmas ornaments placed on the Christmas tree with Christian symbols on them. Today, they are often used in a church called “The Hanging of the Greens.” In this service, the congregation participates in a worship service that decorates the worship area for the Christmas holidays while acknowledging the true meaning of Christmas. Chrismons help Christians to remember the brith, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ. Some Christian homes will also use Chrismons on their tree at home.
The Beginning of Chrismons
Chrismons were first used at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia in 1957. Frances Kipps Spencer introduced Chrismons and came up with the word, “Chrismon,” which is a combination of Christ and monogram (meaning symbol). Therefore these decorations are symbols that tell us about Christ. The idea quickly spread to other churches. Many Christian groups make their own Chrismons with their favorite symbols on. Therefore, you may see different Chrismons in different churches and different denominations. Centuries-old symbols are used to represent a variety of biblical and theological concepts that are well known to most believes.
Each Christmas since that service in 1957, a 20 foot Christmas Tree has been decorated with the use of Chrismons at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Visitors and congregants alike come to hear the message of Jesus through the use of the Chrismons.
What do Chrismons look like?
Chrismons are traditionally colored white and gold. White is the liturgical (or Church) color for Christmas and symbolises that Jesus was pure and perfect. Gold symbolises His Majesty and Glory.
Chrismons can be made from nearly anything, but white paper, Styrofoam, and embroidered ones are the most widely used. Most often the shapes are cut out and then decorated with gold glitter, paint, or thread.
What are the meanings of the Chrismons?
In the next few posts, we will discuss a few of these Chrismons their meanings. We will also provide patterns for the Chrismoms we’ll discuss so you can make your own Chrismons to use on your Christmas Tree.
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