I'm always saddened to hear when someone doesn't put up a Christmas tree. It just doesn't seem right. Yes, I know some believe that the tree, the presents, Santa Clause, etc., all of those things represent things of the world, pagan religions, materialism, greed and so on. Yet for some, despite those things, none of that matters as long as your focus and your heart is in the right place.
The Christmas tree is credited to Martin Luther. He was inspired one night by the heavenly stars in the sky and wanted to express those feelings to his family. He brought a fir tree in and attached candles to its branches. The tree pointed up toward heaven. The meaning of the word fir is fire and fire is an ancient symbol for spirit.
Evergreen trees are thought to represent everlasting life. The balls on the tree represent the planets and all God created, and each year that we put up the tree, it gives us a reason to tell the stories and the meaning of Christmas over and over to generations to come. Please don't discount the effectiveness of the Christmas tree or the Christmas lights that around them. May it all remind you of the Spirit within you, the life, the love and the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41: 19-20 (NIV)
O Christmas Tree – O Tannenbaum