Christmastime is filled with holiday traditions and shiny decorations. Certain symbols are everywhere, but what do they mean?
Whether sitting atop the Christmas tree or decorating windows, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without stars. After the birth of Jesus, three wise men followed a star to Bethlehem.
Bells have been rung to announce the birth of Jesus and to ring in the Christmas celebrations.
Tinsel on the Tree
In another version of this tale, she was trying to clean and swept all the house spiders to a far corner in the home. They found the Christmas tree and spun webs around the tree. Either Santa Claus or Jesus, depending on the legend, liked the webs and turned them into silver and gold tinsel to keep her from cleaning them away.
Jesus is often referred to as the “Good Shepherd,” so these candies are made in a shepherd’s crook shape. The red stripe represents blood from Christ’s sacrifice, and the white exemplifies his purity.
Colors of Christmas
Gifts with Bows and Ribbons
Besides adding that extra touch to a wrapped present, what is the significance of using a bow or ribbon? The idea of gift-giving started at the birth of Christ when people brought gifts to the newborn babe. A ribbon is used to represent how people should be “tied” together by bonds of goodwill and unity.