Below are symbols of Christmas and their significance.
Four candles placed on a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas in anticipation of Christ's birthday.
|AngelAn angel told the shepherds of the birth of Jesus. Angels come in many forms for Christmas decorations including the tree topper.|
Church bells rang to announce the birth of Jesus. They still ring today.
Camels are the animals the wisemen rode following the star to where Jesus was born.
Candles represent the light that Jesus brought to earth. Pagans who converted to Christianity used candles on the sacred evergreen tree.
For many years, private notes of good tidings were sent at Christmas time. In 1843, Sir Henry Cole had 1000 special designed cards printed. The custom of sending Christmas cards began.
Caroling is a medieval custom of singing and dancing around a Christmas tree. Early carols weren't holy enough for singing inside a church, so caroling was done outside.