The Original Tree Of Life

Countdown to Christmas! The Evergreen Fir and the Biblical Significance of Christmas Decorations –

The Original Tree of Life


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This Christmas, let us be reminded of the fact God has provided us with the original tree of life through our Lord Jesus Christ. With God’s tree comes the imperishable, eternal, and unbelievable gifts of God’s grace. It symbolizes the love, hope and eternal life in Christ.

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The evergreen fir became the initial Christmas tree of Christianity by Saint Boniface in 722. He was the first person responsible when he left England to convert the Germans to Christianity. A story states that he is said to have come across a group of pagans about to sacrifice a young boy while worshipping an oak tree. In anger, and to stop the sacrifice, St. Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and, to his amazement, a young fir tree sprang up from the roots of the oak tree. He took this as a sign of the Christian faith and his followers decorated the tree with candles so that St. Boniface could preach to the pagans at night.

 

In the 16th century, Martin Luther brought a tree indoor and decorated it with candles and apples in honor of Christ’s birth. There is a story told that prior to Christmas, he walked through a forest and witnessed the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.

 

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Christmas trees were originally topped with a figure of the Baby Jesus but later changed to angels because they told the shepherds about Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Whatever legend you wish to pass on, remember that Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Have a blessed Christmas and let’s continue to remember what this holiday is really about…..

 


BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:

Tinsel: Legend says a poor family wished to decorate their Christmas tree in honor of Jesus, but had nothing to do so. During the night, a spider spun webs across the tree, and the Christ Child turned those threads into silver, to honor the family’s faith.

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Bells: Represents joy of Christmas Day. In Christianity the ringing of a bell is a sacred announcement to the presence of Christ at mass.

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Candy canes: Shaped like a shepherd’s crook, it symbolizes that Christ is the Good Shepherd; invented by Father Keller using the Keller Machine that automated the process of shaping them.

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Poinsettia flowers: Through their shape, reminds all of the Star of Bethlehem; some cultures consider it a symbol of purity.

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Wreaths: Just as a wreath is a never-ending circle, so too is the eternal love of the Lord.

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Mistletoe: It is neither shrub, nor tree and it grows suspended in the air – a powerful symbol of freedom. It’s considered a sacred plant of peace and a symbol of fertility.

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Holly: A symbol of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross. The berries portray the blood he shed for all our sins.

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Christmas colors of red and green: The color red symbolizes the blood shed by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion; the color green symbolizes the eternal life of Christ.

 

Birthdays, A Pagan Celebration

Dedicated to Dana Bicks…….

Birthday post


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” — Jeremiah 1:5

 

On this day, join me in celebrating the birthday of the award-winning author of this blog, Dana Bicks. I’ll give him a day off from writing and instead share with you, readers, the true Christian meaning of birthdays.

After researching the history of birthdays in the Bible, I have a new-found respect for a holiday that most Christians celebrate annually. I quickly learned that celebrations of the day you were born originated from the pagan practice of astrology. Shocked?? Indeed, I am.

Thousands of years ago, men invented calendars and calculated birth dates, to the very hour, of kings, rulers and their successors by studying the stars. Thus, horoscopes were developed, a pagan practice. Saying “happy birthday” to friends and loved ones became society’s superstitious way of protecting them from evil spirits.

God’s calendar includes seven extra 30-day months every 19 years. This was to ensure that birth dates would vary from year to year throughout one’s lifetime, God’s intention. According to Scripture, birthdays are not a time to express joy, sing and expect gifts, simply because one is born into the world on a specific date. This day, if celebrated, denounces the worshipping of our Lord daily. God specifies that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth. He commands that the Easter crucifixion and human deaths be fully acknowledged and not birthdays.


So, how much does God abhor this personal holiday? Consider the fact that birthday celebrations are only mentioned three times in the entire Bible and each time something terrible occurred:

Genesis 40:1-23 – Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker. God never stopped this execution.

Matthew 14: 3-11 – Herod, on his birthday, ordered the beheading of John the Baptist. God never halted the death of this icon.

Job 1:4 – During the birthday party of Job’s oldest son, God allowed Satan to kill all 10 of Job’s children through what appears to be a tornado.


 

In fact, all major figures in the Bible never had their birth dates revealed – Abraham, Moses, King David, Jacob, Sarah, Noah, Abel, Samuel, Job, Esther, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Peter, Paul, James (Christ’s brother), or the apostles. Even the actual birth date of Jesus Christ goes unrecorded in the Bible!

So where did the birthday parties of today come from? They are principally from Germany where the birthday child receives gifts, chooses a menu, and receives a candle-ringed butter or jam cake.

But, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. God does shine on acknowledging people who have lived to a great age as they have great wisdom and experience to share with younger generations. In other words, celebrate a long life!

(Proverbs 16:31)
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.”

 

Therefore, yes, I am celebrating your birthday today, Dana! God is the giver of life and He loves you! This is my special prayer for you:

Dear Lord,
On this day that we celebrate Dana’s birth, I pray for blessings and joy over him. You knew everything about Dana before his birth and You have a plan of prosperity and hope for his life! Let him feel confident and ready for the year ahead knowing that You have an order to his steps and a purpose for his life. Help him to find joy in every circumstance in life, knowing that You work all things out for good. I thank You for Dana, for loving him with unconditional love, and for the promises You have spoken over his life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Anne Schanne
Editor and sidekick to Dana Bicks LLC

 


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