The Chrismon Trees

A Chrismon tree is an evergreen tree often placed in a church during the Christmas Season. The Chrismon tree was first used by North American Lutherans in 1957, although the practice has spread to other Christian denominations.  As with the Christmas tree, the evergreen tree itself, for Christians, symbolizes the eternal life Jesus Christ provides. However, the Chrismon tree differs from the traditional Christmas tree in that it is decorated only with clear lights and Chrismons made from white and gold material.

The Chrismon tree is adorned with Chrismons, “ancient symbols for Christ or some part of Christ’s ministry”. Because many symbols of the Chrismon tree direct our attention to the nature and ultimate work of Christ, they can be helpful in calling attention to Advent themes.

We hope that the beautiful decorations in the sanctuary cause your heart to meditate on the true meaning of Christmas. The next time you walk through the sanctuary take a closer look at the ornaments on the tree and think of the meaning behind each one.

Thank you Flower Committee for serving your church family!