This time of year, our family focuses on the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus Christ. We enjoy reading together the Scriptures about His birth. We also like to make homemade gifts including the Santa's Symbol Story in which Santa explains the religious meaning of Christmas symbols.
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The Meaning of the Symbols:
- Tree: The stately evergreen with its unchanging color represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus.
- Star: The star was Heavenly Father's sign of promise.
- Red Ornament: Red is the special color of Christmas because it reminds us of the blood that was shed by our Savior so that we could all gain Eternal Life, which is the greatest gift Heavenly Father can give us.
- Bell: Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold.
- Candle: The candle was used in old days to light the way so people could see where they were going. Jesus came into our world and taught that He is the Light of the World.
- Present: The gifts at Christmas symbolize the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men. Christ gave us the greatest gifts of all - the atonement and Eternal Life.
- Candy Cane: The shape "J" represents the precious name of Jesus. It represents the crook of the Good Shepherd which He uses to reach down and lift out the fallen lambs who have gone astray.
- Wreath: The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understands - a circle without beginning and without end.
We make gifts of the Santa's Symbol Story by printing it on pretty Christmas paper and putting miniature symbols in a sack. Your children could color a brown or white lunch bag with drawings of some of the symbols. The gift is sometimes combined with a loaf of Pumpkin Bread or Little Red Hen Christmas Cookies or maybe some hot cocoa with a relaxing visit with friends. During this time of year, we also prefer Acts of Random Kindness (free printables of good deeds for adults and children with a Noah's ARK theme) rather than joining the crazy exhausting shopping sprees.
My daughter likes to make candy cane ornaments using red and white beads on a pipe cleaner. These are pretty tied to a loaf of pumpkin bread or sack.
What family traditions to you like to celebrate at Christmas?