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The evergreen tree to symbolizes God's everlasting love. The lights represent stars of the heavens, and a big star on top represents the one like the wise men followed to see Baby Jesus.
Giving a gift is an act of love like God's love for us in sending Jesus. Each gift, as beautiful as we can make it, reminds us of the perfect gift, Jesus Christ as our Savior.
To show how we are to be a light
unto the world just as Jesus is the light unto the world.
They are used to announce the birth of the Savior and to call us to worship Him.
Ring The Joyful Christmas Bells
Alternate Title: In A Manger Lies The Child
Carol #197, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
1. In a manger lies the Child,
Lord of heavín and earth,
Hark! the sweet angelic choir
Now proclaim His birth.
Ring the joyful Christmas bells,
And loud anthems sing;
With the angels in the sky
Welcome Christ the King.
2. He from highest heaven above,
Heath come down below;
Peace on earth, goodwill to men,
And Godís love to show. Chorus.
3. To the shepherds in the fields
Was His birth made known;
And with wondering looks they kneel
At the manger throne. Chorus
4. Let us then the angels join
In their Christmas strain;
And with thankfulness and joy
Tell His love again. Chorus
Ring The Bells, The Christmas Bells
Carol 68, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir), 1916
1. Ring the bells, the Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
First in song on Angel tongues
It came from realms of glory;
Peace on earth, good-will to men,
Angelic voices ringing
Christ the Lord to earth has come,
His glorious message bringing.
Ring the merry Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
Glory be to God on high,
For evermore be glory.
2. Wise men hastened from the East
To bring their richest treasure
Gold, and myrrh, and frankincense
And jewels without measure.
Him they sought, although a King,
They found in birthplace lowly,
There within a manger lay
The Babe so pure and holy. Chorus
3. Earthly crowns were not for Him;
He came Godís love revealing;
On the Cross He died for us,
His blood forgiveness sealing.
ĎTis the Saviour promised long,
Ring out your loudest praises;
Every heart this happy day
Its grateful anthems raises. Chorus
The wreath's color
reminds us of the gracious gifts of God - a reminder of
the greatest gift - Jesus. The circle tells of God's
unending love for us as He offers us salvation.
Holly's thorn like leaves remind us of Jesus' crown of thorns. The berries symbolize the drops of blood.
The Greek Letter X is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Xristos. The word Xmas, meaning, ďChristís MassĒ, was commonly used in European by the 16th century. It was not an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas.