<span style=”font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;”>ANGELS – The angel Gabriel who first told Mary she would be “overshadowed by the power of the Most High when the Holy Spirit came upon her and, although she was a virgin, she would be with child and the Holy One to be born would be called the Son of God.”</span>
BELLS – bells represent Holiness. They were sewn onto the High Priest’s Ephod to wear into the Most Holy. Symbolically, shepherds ring bells to call lost sheep back to the fold.
CANDLES – candles represent man’s spirit and the glory of Christ living within him.
CANDY CANES – an Indiana candy maker invented the candy cane to symbolically represent the shepherd’s staff. They are used to gently guide wondering sheep back to the fold. They are white because Jesus was born of a virgin and lived without sin. The red stripes represent the stripes on His back and the blood of the cross.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS – carol means to sing joyfully. Noel means Christmas carol and the first Christmas carol / noel sung was by angels to certain shepherds, just as the song states.
CHRISTMAS TREES – biblically a tree is a symbol of the cross. Even Webster’s 9th, definition 2a(2), defines tree as, “the cross on which Jesus was crucified.” Symbolically, all the leaves on a fir tree bend to point upwards towards Heaven.
GIFTS – the wise men presented gifts to Jesus – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Gold symbolized Jesus’ divinity; frankincense, the worship due Him; myrrh, His death to come. Traditionally there are three wise men, but actually it was quite an entourage. They were sufficient in number to make King Herod and all Jerusalem to be troubled. What also isn’t so commonly known is that they traveled, following His star, roughly two years to get to Jesus. Overjoyed, they found Him and worshipped Him. They opened their treasures, presented their gifts to Him and then made the long journey back to their country.
STARS – biblically Jesus was prophesied as a Star that would come out of Jacob. The wise men saw His Star (as prophesied) in the East and knew to come worship Him. They followed the star as it went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where Jesus was. That’s why we “hang a shining star upon the highest bow”.
WREATHS – symbolically wreaths, are circular shaped showing eternal love with no beginning or ending.