Bells and Candles

After finding out all that stuff about birds I wanted to find out more about the things we use to symbolize Christmas. Some of them are obvious, like the angels who brought the good news to the shepherds and the star which shone overhead; or the candle reminding us of the Christ, the light of the worlds.

Some of the others are a bit confusing. But here is their story. Bells get our attention and signify clarity and protection while holly, ivy and Christmas tree and evergreen wreaths symbolize the everlasting qualities of Christ. Mistletoe promises peace and that is why couples kiss under it. (So they say!)

Many plants like poinsettia point to the blood of Christ. We treat it like a seasonal item but it will live forever if treated kindly. That applies to our personal relationship with Christ too.

Meanings are personal. What I see as one thing, you might see as another, because of your upbringing or family history. Is that wrong? No, what we believe is what we believe and if they all point us to the Christ, they do not separate us.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.(Matthew 5:15, KJV)

Prayer- Lord, may everything we see remind us of you and what you did for us by coming to earth to save us from our sins. Amen.

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