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Ten Easily Recognized Christmas Symbols


Ten Easily Recognized Christmas Symbols
Ten Easily Recognized Christmas Symbols
© Dixie Allan


The term angel literally means “messenger,” and it is in this role that angels take part in the Christmas story.


Bells ring out to guide lost sheep back to the fold and signify that we all are precious in His eyes.


Ancient Romans lit candles to ward off evil, and to convince the sun to shine again.

Candles were often placed in windows during the Christmas season as a sign to those passing by that shelter and warmth could be found within.

Candy Canes

The candy cane is shaped like a shepherd's crook, reminding us that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came into our world at Christmas.

Christmas Balls

The magic of brightly colored balls invoke the spirit of the metal element. The circular shape is also reminiscent of heaven, so these are very special when you think of them as jewels coming from heaven to hang on Christmas trees. Colored balls come in all the colors of the rainbow and in all sizes, but they should be shining brightly so there is an element of metal.

Christmas Bows

Colorful ribbons and bows remind us of the bond of perfection which is love. They show us that all people are to be bound together in brotherhood and peace.


Druids once believed that holly, with its shiny leaves and red berries stayed green in Winter to keep the earth beautiful when the sacred Oak lost it leaves.

Holly in Christianity, serves as a reminder of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.


The original Nautical Star, or North Star, was seen as providing guidance, and good luck for sailors.

In Christianity, the Star of Bethlehem guided the three wise men and announced the birth of Christ. Eventually, stars were placed on the tops of Christmas Trees to celebrate His birth.


The tradition of placing gifts into Christmas stockings come from another tradition regarding Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. In this tradition, the three women who needed dowries in order to be kept from a life of prostitution had hung their stockings by the fireplace to dry. When the saint came by to help them, the money that he threw into their house fortuitously landed in the stockings.


Christmas wreaths combine two symbols of everlasting life. The evergreen bough, that stays green all winter and a continuous unbroken circular shape.

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