Have you ever looked closely at the Christmas tree which appears at the front of the church each year? The decorations have all been made by members of our church and are all Christians symbols. The type of ornament is known as a Christmon and a tree fully decorated like this may be called a Christmon tree.
The symbols used represent a variety of biblical and theological concepts that are well known among the faithful. The Christmons are often white and gold, white to represent Jesus’ purity and gold to represent His sovereignty. Most of the symbols described below can be found on the All Saint’s tree.
Alpha and Omega: The first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, refers to the eternal nature of Christ.
Alpha and Omega on Roman cross: remind us that though Christ died on the cross for our sins, He now reigns in glory forever.
Angel: Angels heralded the birth of our Saviour.
Beehive: Represents the church. (Many bees, each with a different task, working together for the hive.)
Bell: Symbolic of the call to worship and the proclamation of the Gospel in the world.
Burning Bush: An important Old Testament symbol of God’s revelation of Himself to Moses.
Butterfly:Resurrection, the immortality of the soul.
Birds: Other than a dove may be a goldfinch, as seen in Pennsylvania Dutch patterns because they eat thistle and thorns, they are a symbol of Christ’s passion.
Circles Entwined: Three interwoven circles are a symbol of the Trinity. Circles for the eternal nature of God, entwined, they remind us that God is one, even though He reveals Himself in 3 persons.
Cross, budded: A cross with clover-shaped ends, reminding us of the Trinity
Cross, Latin or Roman (Bottom arm is longer): Reminds us of the supreme sacrifice offered by Jesus for the sins of the world. The cross is empty to remind us of the resurrection and the hope of eternal life.
Cross, Greek: Cross with four equal arm lengths.
Cross, Anchor: The anchor symbolizes the Christian hope is Christ. Heb 6:19
Cross, Celtic: A cross with a circle on it. The circle symbolizes the world, God’s wholeness and eternity.
Crown: Jesus is king of kings.
Dove: Purity, peace; a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Fish: One of the earliest signs of Christianity was the fish. The Greek word for fish is IXTHUS. This is an acrostic for the Greek words for Jesus Christ, Son of God and saviour.
Grapes: Symbolic of Holy Communion and of the blood shed by Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.
Lamb: Lamb of God, “Worthy is the lamb, who was slain.” The lamb is associated with the shepherds who came to see the infant Jesus.
Pearl: Several of the ornaments are beaded with pearls. Pearl is symbolic of the Kingdom of Heaven. Matt 31:45
Star, Five Pointed: The Star of Bethelem. Represents Christ’s incarnation.
Star of David: Jesus’s heritage as a descendant of King David.
Sun: The sun is often used as a symbol for Christ (the light of the world) especially as a prophetic symbol.
Rectangular Design: These designs are like pages and embroidered with material from the Bible Triangle, represents the Trinity, God in three persons.
Triquetra: A three pointed knot symbolic of the Trinity.