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Author Name: FreeFireHam 5 Comments
Date Added: December 25, 2007 06:12:04 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Christmas Tree

CHRISTMAS TREE

 
~A~
tree
is a symbol.
An evergreen tree
is used to symbolize
eternal life, Christ's gift
to the world.  The tree itself
is cut down wh
ich symbolizes man
being cut off from God and paradise.
The tree is decorated with lights, which
symbolize
Christ, the Light of the world.
Gifts represent the gifts that the Magi gave.
The tree points the way to God and the star on top
symbolizes
the star which led the Magi to baby Jesus.
So when you celebrate Chr
istmas this year and you see
all the presents under the Christmas tree, remember what
Christ has
given and
thank Him.
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Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on January 7, 2008 07:31:25 PM Report
Hope ya had a great Christmas, Ham.. Very cleverly done, my man.. Thought I'd add my two-cent's worth about the old Christmas tree story.

Martin Luther is the one credited with placing the tree upright and adding decorations, including lights. Before that, they were hung upside down from a ceiling beam. The yule log and Christmas ham came from pagan Germanic rituals. Throughout the ages, conifer plants were used for winter decorations.

The modern custom of erecting Christmas trees can be dated to 16th century Germany. During the 17th century the custom was extended to individual homes. In the 18th century, the custom had become popular in towns of the upper Rhineland. Wax candles were added in the 18th century. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the Catholics of the lower Rhine. In the 19th century the Christmas tree became popular with nobility as far away as Russia. From Vienna, the custom spread across Austria, and was introduced to France in 1840. After a British royal married a German royal, the Christmas tree came to Britain, but only within the royal circle. A woodcutting of the royal family beside a Christmas tree was published in the Illustrated London News in 1840 and was copied. Then the copy was sent to the United States where the custom became popular with the American Anglo upper class.

 

Long before Christianity, the pagan ritual of cutting down a conifer, bringing it into the home and decorating it with pagan god images was widespread throughout Germania. Before that, they just cut off branches to decorate. 

 

In the time of Jeremiah, this practice was deemed as blasphemoues..

Jeremiah 10:2-4: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."

 

English Puritans condemned customs associated with Christmas, such as the use of the yule log, mistletoe and holly. Oliver Cromwell warned against the heathen traditions of Christmas carols, decorating trees and joyful expressions that he believed to desecrate that sacred event.

 

I guess one man's worship is another man's blasphemy, eh?...len

 

 

 

 

Comment By: FreeGlata on December 26, 2007 11:12:41 AM Report
Wonderfully done, Ham.

Hope you had a beautiful Christmas.

Glata

Comment By: FreeKaren Lowrey on December 25, 2007 03:32:59 PM Report
You shaped and trimmed your Christmas Tree skillfully for it displays the meaning of Christmas quite frankly.  Christ our savior has given us "eternal life."  and you have given us the image of Christmas symbolization quite skillfully.  

 

I can not think of anything else to suggest except for congratulations for shaping and trimming your tree to point in the direction of CHRIST OUR SAVIOR! 

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on December 25, 2007 10:58:15 AM Report
Ham,
 As always you write with your heart and you have created another great poem for Christmas poem... the design is pretty....
 Hugs ~ She Whispers

Comment By: Freetraci on December 25, 2007 09:48:53 AM Report
This was very creative..... pun on words here,,,, so very nice!!!




 


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