Chrismon Tree

Chrismon Tree

The Chrismon tree adapts the traditional Christmas tree to more strictly Christian uses. It consists of an evergreen tree decorated with traditional Christian symbols of Jesus. In fact, the word "Chrismon" resulted from the combination of two words, "Christ" and "monogram." Originally, only monograms of Christ decorated the tree. As churches and families adopted the custom, however, they began to create new symbols of Christ to adorn their trees. Only the colors white and gold appear on these ornaments. These are the liturgical colors for Christmas Day. White represents Jesus' purity and perfection, while gold stands for his majesty and glory. White lights may further embellish the tree, reminding viewers that Jesus is "the light of the world" (John 8:12).

Further Reading

Augustine, Peg, comp. Come to Christmas. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press, 1993.
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With readings and hymns, congregants decorated the church sanctuary with window vases, an Advent wall banner, evergreens, poinsettias, paraments (colored table coverings), choir loft wreath, Nativity set, Advent candelabra and a Chrismon tree.
The church was beautifully decorated with garland draping the railings, poinsettias lining the walls, and even a Chrismon tree to top it off.
Against a winter blue backdrop with several large eight-pointed snowflakes or stars that look vaguely like variations on crosses from a Chrismon tree (traditionally decorated with white and gold symbols of the Christian faith) is the message "Choice on Earth.