The ornaments are called Chrismons. The word comes from two words: Christ and monogram. In 1957, Kim Spencer from a Lutheran church in Danville, VA introduced the first Chrismons.
In early times, people drew symbols to show what they believed about God. The first Christians designed many of these symbols. They placed them on their doorposts and catacombs to declare what they believed. Many of the symbols have endured and you see them as Chrismons on Christmas trees. They all point to Jesus.
The ornaments are white and gold. White is the color for Christmas and represents the Lord’s purity and perfection. Gold points to God’s glory and majesty.
The following Chrismons tell the story of Jesus.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13)
Also, the six points represent God’s: love, mercy, wisdom, majesty, power, and justice. In this form, the two triangles represent the persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. (Luke 1:32-35)
The time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6–7)
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God.” (Luke 2:10-13)
The Nativity Star represents the sign in the night sky announcing Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. The Wise Men followed the star to visit Jesus. Its cross shape symbolizes the salvation that the birth of this child brings.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2)
The Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit. It is shown pointing down to represent the Holy Spirit’s decent on Jesus like a Dove when Jesus was baptized at the beginning of His ministry. The three pointed rays around its head signify the trinity.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (Matthew 3:16)
The Lamb is a symbol for Jesus who’s called The Lamb of God. Before Jesus, animals were sacrificed for forgiveness of sins. The Lamb of God would be the final sacrifice for forgiveness of believers’ sins.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
The Fish is one of the oldest Christian symbols. Letters in the Greek word for fish stand for Jesus, Christ, God, Son, and Savior. The fish symbol expressed the Christians’ need for a Savior and that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ. Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
After the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:20)
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24).
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
The Jerusalem Cross symbolizes the Four Gospels in the Bible or the spread of the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. The five crosses can represent the five wounds of Jesus when he died on the cross.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
The Butterfly is a symbol for Jesus’ work, which was not finished when he died on the cross. He was resurrected and then He ascended into heaven. After His ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in Christians’ hearts. The butterfly also represents transformation.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Philippians 3:20–21)
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness … (2 Timothy 4:8)
The meaning of the special ornaments on Christmas trees. Click to tweet.