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The Symbols of Christmas and What They Stand For

By Edited Jul 18, 2015 3 8

Christmas Symbols

Simply put, Christmas is a day that is celebrated to honor the birth of Christ. However, it has greatly lost it's true meaning over time! The idea and theory of Christmas have become quite controversial. However, the bottom line is that Christmas is derived from the story of Christs birth. It has a deeper meaning then gifts and Santa. The symbols of Christmas also hold special value that many may be unaware of.


When we think of Christmas we think of Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, candles, bells, stars, and many other iconic symbols that all together represent Christmas as whole. These beautiful symbols of Christmas actually have great meanings of there own. Meanings that intertwine to tell the often unforgotten story and importance of Christmas.

Christmas Evergreen
The Christmas Tree

The Evergreen tree sustains it's beautiful color year round. This consistency represents everlasting light, life, and hope. The needles on the Evergreen also point heavenward, this is said to serve as a reminder of where mankind's thoughts should be.


Christmas Wreath
The Wreath

The Christmas wreath holds the shape of a circle with no beginning and no end, this is said to represent eternity. The wreath symbolizes the eternal value of love. Like the tree the Evergreen used to make the wreath represents hope and new life.

Christmas Holly

The Holly

Holy symbolizes immortality. It represents the crown of thorns that Christ was made to wear. The red berries represent the blood that was shed. Holly, like the Evergreen, stays green all year long once again representing hope and new life.


Christmas Star

The Star

The Christmas star represents the star of Bethlehem which led the Three Wise Men to Baby Jesus. It also symbolizes light and shining hope.



The Angel

The Greek meaning of angel is messenger. It is said that on the night Jesus was born Angels appeared before the Shepherds bringing the message of the birth of Christ. Many more angels appeared, praising the Lord and singing the words Glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men, words we now know as part of a very popular Christmas song. In addition the wings of an angel represent purity, innocence, and virtue.

Christmas Bells

The Bell

The Bell symbolizes guidance and return, God used it to gather his lost sheep. The ringing of bells also symbolizes notification of important occasions and messages.


The Candle

Christmas Candle

Candles at Christmas symbolize the Lords light upon the world. Christmas candles are also said to represent the reflective light of the stars, including the star of Bethlehem.

The Christmas Gift

The giving of gifts came from the Three Wise Men who were the first to offer gifts to Baby Jesus. The giving of gifts is also said to symbolize God's love for the world, for he gave the world the greatest gift of all- his begotten son.


Christmas Bow
The Gift Bow

The gift bow on Christmas gifts symbolizes unity. It represents the notion of mankind being tied together through goodwill.

The Candy Cane

Candy Canes

The candy canes shape represents that of the shepherd's crook, which was used to bring back lost lamb. Just as the shepherd watches over his sheep, Jesus watches over his children. Some also believe that it's rock-like texture represents the foundation of the church!


The Color Red

Red, the first color of Christmas, represents the blood shed for the gift of eternal life.

The Color Green

Green, the second color of Christmas, represents hope and new life.

Understanding what the above objects represent allows us to remember the importance of Christmas. We can share the true meaning of Christmas with our children so that they too can have a deeper understanding of Christmas and it's symbols. Even if you are not religious, it is quite interesting to hear what these objects are said to represent. Hopefully, the story of how Christmas came to be will never be forgotten. Sharing the true meaning behind Christmas and it's various symbols helps us focus on what is most important: giving, sharing, and loving!


Image Credits - sxc.hu



Nov 15, 2009 7:15am
i LOVE the color in this one! awesome job with the pics!
Nov 15, 2009 10:50am
Thanks! I just wrote an article on stock photos, I'm waiting for it to be published. The problem is some of the images are not showing up within the article on Internet Explorer, I contacted admin. hopefully it will be fixed soon. I also realized the way I've been giving credit isn't working. So now I need to go back and write credits at the bottom of my article. Do you know any other way of referncing where the pic's come from?
Dec 25, 2011 9:47am
Hi, great images and of course, the meaning behind Christmas symbols. I don't know how it doesn't work for you but when you upload them through the text block (media tab), there's an option to enter the title and place a credit to the image source. For sxc.hu, there's no specified suggestion but maybe you can do this: for the title field, enter the photo uploader's account name and under credit, you can enter the actual image URL or photo uploader profile URL.
Nov 18, 2009 1:45pm
Great job--well done and perfectly presented!
Nov 18, 2009 2:03pm
Guess no waiting for this weekend to check out this site, huh? Lol! I'm glad you stopped by to join! Let me know if you have any questions I'll do my best to help you!
Dec 21, 2011 5:12pm
The significance of all these recognizable symbols is important and there's no better time to teach children about the birth of Christ than Christmas! I really enjoyed this article.
Dec 27, 2011 8:35am
This a great article and awesome feature. You have done a wonderful job describing the symbols of Christmas.
Jan 15, 2014 10:38am
I am a Christian, so I appreciate the effort that you have made here. Unfortunately, the history behind the holiday and many of its symbols is dubious at best. I am torn between the idea that symbols are what we make of them and the idea that the root of a symbol is important to its meaning. That being said, your article looks great! I need to work on incorporating images into my own articles. Thanks for showing how the right images can make an article pop!
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