Symbols & Meanings of Christmas: Shepherd Staff and Dove Chrismons

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

This week, we will discover the meanings behind some of the Chrismon symbols used to decorate the Christmas tree. Today, we are looking the shepherd’s staff and the dove. At the end of the post you’ll find full size patterns you can use to make your own Chrismons.

Shepherd’s Staff Chrismons

Shepherd’s Staff Chrismons

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From the Biblical Christmas story, the staff helps us remember the shepherds who were the first people to be told that the Savior had been born. They then went with haste and found the baby and worshiped Him. When they left, they told everyone they say the good news of great joy for all people.

It also represents Jesus’ title as the Good Shepherd. John 10:11 says, “I am the good shepherd: The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

Dove Chrismons

Dove Chrismons

In Luke 3:21-22, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and the Spirit of God descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove. (Hence, the Dove chrismon points downward.) A voice from heaven is heard saying, “You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.” Because the Spirit of God appeared in the form of a dove, we use the dove as a symbol for the Holy Spirit.

As a symbol of the Holy Spirit this chrismon is also a reminder to us that the Holy Spirit lives inside all believers. In John 14:26, Jesus told the disciples that after He was gone, He would send them a helper. He said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

The Dove is also the symbol of peace. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Full size patterns for your Chrismons

Simply right-click, copy, and paste into a blank document and print on white paper to create your own Chrismons. Once you paste them into a document, you can resize them before you print them to get the size you want. You can then decorate them with gold glitter, paint, sequins, or any other gold decorations you like. Or you can also cut them out to use for patterns on other materials, such as Styrofoam, felt, poster board, etc. You can make them as fancy or simple as you want.

Chrismon patters from: https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/chrismons.shtml

Stars and Angel Chrismons

Check our post from December 14 to get the patterns for the Stars and Angel Chrismons.

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