By Margaret Ikladious: Christmas Treasures (6) and Christmas Tree Decorations (2)


Christmas Treasures (6): Christmas Tree Decorations (2)

Written by Margaret Ikladious - Member of the United States Press Agency (USPA)

As a continuation of the symbols of Christmas celebrations, which spread around the world, and as I mentioned in the previous parts of Christmas Treasures, today we will talk about

Christmas tree decorations (part two):

13+ Pinecones:

The sizes of Christmas decorations vary from cones and pine cones between bronze cones and others that smell of apples and cinnamon. They have been used for a very long time in Christmas decorations.

They are placed next to the fireplace, others are hung on trees, and some are placed in decorative pots with cinnamon sticks and star anise to give the place a distinctive scent with penetrating properties known as the scent of Christmas..!!

The cone of pine cone symbolizes fertility, life, and the strength of endurance, as happened in the story of the Nativity, and the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph endured the hardships of travel with strength and patience, and then the birth of the baby Jesus Christ came after that.

And the conical pine cones bear the cold weather and contain the grains necessary for reproduction inside them and close them tightly. Forests, so the life of trees in the woods is renewed again!!!

Also, the shape of the pine cone indicates gradation and ascent to the highest, as our prayers rise to the highest and as our spiritual life gradients..!!

14+ Angels:

It symbolizes the effective presence of God and His presence among people, and we remember with their company all the events of the Bible, such as the Annunciation, accompanying the Christmas journey of the Holy Family, and their backs to the shepherds and the Magi.

15+ Tabla:

Colorful drums abound in Christmas trees and are used and placed at doors and entrances. Their colors and sizes differ and indicate giving from the heart. They also show spiritual alertness and attention, as the drum sound is loud and warns of something happening or suggests an action or anticipation of something important.

But I needed to find the origin and quality of it to find a link due to the story of the song Little Drummers Boy.

As the story of (The Little Drummer Boy)

It is not in any way a biblical story and is not found in the holy books, and there are no verses in the Bible that refer to this event.

But this song has become ingrained in many people's minds precisely because it talks about the values and images that resonate with each person, whether they realize it or not.

Especially since the lyrics of the song that were written made clear the thoughts of the poor boy when he wanted to present a gift to the newborn King, and he had nothing but to play his drum.

And this is exemplified by the peak of ideal values in giving, which is passing from the heart despite poverty..!!!

16 + Christmas Spiders or Tinsel:

They are long branches of hair ornaments and are dominated by a colorful character. The threads of braided spiders represent a beautiful legend that tells of an event at Christmas, and this type of decoration symbolizes adherence to hope.

   And many put them on Christmas trees or even hang them without knowing that legendary story about Christmas spiders, which was that on Christmas Eve a long time ago, there was a mother busy cleaning the house in preparation for the best day of the year, which is Christmas, and did not leave a single speck of dust Even spiders' nests that fill all the roofs of the house have been removed from every corner of the house and from the top of that poor house.

The Christmas tree in that house was beautifully decorated and tidy.

And the poor spiders who were banished with the dirt and trash outside that house were concerned and sad because they were not able to see that tree that year, and they would not be there to visit the little child in the cave placed in that house, and despite that, they had hope and hope that they would celebrate the child Jesus ..!!

 Then the oldest and largest spider suggested that they could wait until everyone in the house had gone to bed and then get a closer look around the house, and it was.

And when the house was dark and silent, the spiders came out of their hiding place outside and entered the house, and when they approached the Christmas tree, they were happy with its beauty.

I took the spiders back and forth all over the tree and up and down the branches and twigs, and they saw all the beautiful things they thought they would be denied, but their hope fulfilled what they wished for, and the spiders loved the Christmas tree and were happy to celebrate it on Christmas Eve..!!!

It was a long night, they danced in the branches and the tree, and the spiders left the tree covered with a cobweb woven in a wonderful consistency.

And the legend tells us that when the morning came and the day of the birthday of little Jesus came. It was time for him to bless the house, he said that he loved the little spiders because they were God's creatures and his creation that praised and wanted to express her joy at Christmas, but in her way, she wove those shiny and sparkling threads. Still, the child Jesus knew that the mother, the housewife, worked hard to make everything clean with perfection and completeness and would not be pleased to see what the spiders had done, or she might not understand what happened. !!

And with all the love in his heart, his smiles, and the hope of spiders, he gently touched all the spider webs, so the spider webs began to shine and sparkle and increase in luster and luster..!!

Truly they have all turned into shimmering silver threads and shimmering golden threads.

According to legend, since then, people have hung ornamental branches on Christmas trees

17+ The Nutcracker:

Christmas decorations are spread in the form of nutcracker dolls decorated in various shapes and sizes, as they are symbols of strength and, fortunately, are known to scare away spiteful spirits.

Nutcrackers have been found in the form of wood carvings as a pawn, soldiers, knights, kings, or other occupations since at least the 15th century.

These nutcrackers depict a person with a large mouth, which the user opens by lifting a lever at the back of the statue...

Originally one could insert the nut into a large toothed mouth and press down, thus breaking the nut easily.

Modern nutcrackers in this style are mostly used for decoration only, particularly around Christmas, a season in which they have long been a traditional symbol.

The first original nutcrackers were seen in Germany, and it was believed that they had characteristics such as a guard because of their strong appearance and because they symbolize strength, so they were made large and were sometimes placed to decorate gates and entrances.

Nutcrackers are also part of German folklore as they act as protectors and guards of the home.

The carving of nutcrackers and religious figures rapidly grew and progressed as a cottage industry in the forested rural areas of Germany.

And its industry spread until it reached the United States of America, and it became displayed in exhibitions representing its diversity and different decorations such as porcelain, silver, and copper, and it developed to be represented by famous personalities and famous names such as Junghanel, Klaus Mertens, Karl, Olaf Kolbe, Petersen, Christian Ulbricht.

In October 2008, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued four postage stamps bearing the marking and depicting the Nutcrackers for the first time.

18+ Crown:

The Crown is frequently used in Christmas decorations and placed on the tree or inside sweets in the form of colored paper and placed on Christmas Eve dinner.

It symbolizes Christ, the King of kings, and that a king has been born, a queen, and his presidency reigns over humanity..!!

Isaiah 9:6 reminds us of this in verse.

"For to us a child is born, and a son is given to us, and the government will be on his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father."


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