Intentional Advent: Day 4

You are invited to participate in An Intentional Advent! Julie Kay Harbour and Leona Dalavai Scott are teaming up to put together this series on some thoughtful and intentional ways we can prepare our hearts for the Savior’s birth.

As we go through the Advent season, the decorations around us can be a reflection of the true meaning of the season.

Sometimes we forget, or are unaware of, the symbolism that can be seen in the traditional Christmas decor. I found a beautiful poem that shares the meaning of many of the decorations we use, and I wanted to share it with you.

Remember Christmas

by Valerie L. Plowman

Red reminds of the blood He spilt

to wash away and cleanse all of our guilt

White is for His actions, most pure.

Through sinless perfection, He did endure.

Green is for the life eternal

we can obtain through our Lord supernal.

The star shines like the one so bright

that twinkled above that first Christmas night.

The fir tree is for many things:

the tree of Jesse–the father of kings,

and for the needles pointing to the Lord–

that little babe we all adored.

The wreath shows one eternal round;

the begin’ of the Lord cannot be found.

The lights remind us that this babe

is the light of the world, and born to save.

The candy cane is for the crook;

not one sheep or lamb the shepherd forsook.

The Christmas bells we love to ring

proclaim joy! The birth of a newborn king.

These symbols remind us that we,

more like the three wise men all now should be.

Earnestly seeking to find the new babe

who humbly in a manger laid.

Do you have a favorite or meaningful decoration?

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