Christmas trees can be a very special part of Christmas. Every Christmas tree is slightly different. Some look picture perfect like they should be in a shop front, some are more personal and have lots of hand-made ornaments on them. Some people focus on the lights, other people go crazy with the tinsel and others have special baubles on them that they have been given or hand picked.
When you see a Christmas tree up you know that it’s getting close to Christmas. We don’t put these trees up around our houses at any other time of the year. And so, as they remind us of Christmas. That means we are soon to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The sad thing though is that after Christmas we take off all the decorations from the tree, we carefully put away the lights and we pack our trees up in their boxes (or if you’re lucky enough to have a real one you pop it out on the nature-strip) The trees don’t come out again until December the next year.
If our Christmas trees are a reminder of when Jesus was born, this glorious Saviour that was willing to walk this earth so we could know more about God, then what happens when we pack it away and don’t have it up in our homes any more? Do we pack away the memories of Jesus’ birth as well?
Jesus’ birth is so important to us that we don’t want to only remember for one month of the year. Jesus’ birth was the coming of the Messiah for us, this means that we had new life and we were saved by God’s love, that’s worth remembering all year round.
And so, I encourage you, when you go to take your Christmas trees down this year, don’t pack Jesus away with the tree and put him in storage. He is something that you want to remember every single day. So maybe, you could choose your favourite Christmas decoration and leave it out during the year. Put it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of the glorious story of Christmas all year. Jesus was born, He came to save us all, and we must remember that every single day.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.