What is a Chrismon Tree?

For those of you who were at our worship service on December 15th, and were paying attention to Robert’s message during the “Time with the Children”, you would know the answer to this question. Otherwise, you might be wondering, “What makes a tree a Chrismon tree rather than a Christmas tree”?

The term Chrismon is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “Christi monogramma” which means monogram of Christ.  Each of the unique ornaments found on the Christmon tree is a symbol representing Christ. 
Some of the examples will be the Chi-Rho cross which is formed by the first two letters of the Greek spelling of Christ, Chi (X) and Rho (P).  The five-pointed star is a symbol of the birth of baby Jesus.  The angels on the tree proclaim his birth and the chalice reminds us of communion.  There are other symbols, some obvious, and some that are more obscure.
Take a few moments during this season to take a closer look at our tree.  The white and gold ornaments have a story to tell and invite you to worship at the manger.
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