Saturday, December 3, 2011

Teach the Children

Teach the children the star was the heavenly sign of promise long ages ago.  God promised a Savior for the world and the star was a sign of the fulfillment of that promise.  The countless shining stars at night – one for each man – now show the burning hope of all mankind.

Teach the children red is the first color of Christmas.  It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood which was shed for all the people by the Savior.  Christ gave his life and shed his blood that every man might have God’s gift of Eternal life.  Red is deep, intense, vivid – it is the greatest color of all.  It is the symbol of the gift of God.
Teach the children that the deep green of fir tree was a perfect background for the ornament.  Here was the second color of Christmas. The pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round.  This depicts the everlasting hope of mankind.  Green is the youthful, hopeful, abundant color of nature.  All the needles point heavenward – symbols of Man’s returning thoughts toward heaven.  The great green tree has been man’s best friend.  It has sheltered him, warmed him, and made beauty for him.
Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring for man to return to the fold – it means guidance and return.  It further signifies that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.
Teach the children that the candle shows man’s thanks for the star of long ago.  Its small light is the mirror of starlight.  At first candles were placed on the trees – they were like many glowing stars shining against the dark green.  The colored lights have now taken over in remembrance.
Teach the children that the bow is placed on a present to remind us of the gift of the spirit of the brotherhood of man.  We should remember that the bow is tied as men should be tied, all of us together, with the bonds of good will toward each other.  Goodwill forever is the message of the bow.
Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherd’s crook.  The crook on the staff helps bring back the strayed sheep to the flock.  The candy cane represents the helping hand we should show at Christmas time and all year.  The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keepers.
Teach the children the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love; it never ceases, stops or ends.  It is one continuous round of affection.  The wreath does double duty.  It is made of many things and in many colors.  It should remind us all of the things of Christmas. 
 Please teach the children!!

1 comment:

Brittani said...

I love the symbols of Christmas. We have a shelf in the front room that has all the symbols on it. We do a FHE every year talking about the symbols, but I could not find my paper so it is heaven sent that you posted this. Thank you!!!