Just like the Christmas wreath has no end, it symbolizes the eternal love of the Lord. Christmas wreaths are an indispensable part of Christmas decorations. You could always purchase one from the market, but there is a different feel to the ones that you make at home. If you have the time, use your creative skills and come up with some unique wreath ideas.
Reindeer and Sleigh
Reindeer are Santa's chosen animals to pull his sleigh on which he makes his journey from the North pole and brings lots of gifts for children. There were originally eight reindeer i.e. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen. Rudolph was in fact a 20th century addition.
The snowman is a figure made out of snow, used as a popular decoration and has become an icon of Christmas in recent times. Building a snowman could be a fun-filled activity for you and your family. So, those who live in cold countries with abundant snowfall must try to build one this winter.
Poinsettias are Christmas decorations having deep red colored, star shaped leaves, due to which, it is commonly associated with the star of Bethlehem. Legend has it that a few poor children from Mexico wanted to give Jesus a gift. As they could not find any other gift, they picked up some weeds and presented it to Him. Miraculously, the bright red poinsettias bloomed out of these weeds and thus the poinsettias became an integral part of the Christmas tradition.
The Mistletoe is a parasitic plant believed to have life giving properties and considered as an aphrodisiac. It is also believed to provide protection against poison and evil spirits. There are also some interesting traditions about kissing under the Mistletoe. During Christmas time, a young lady standing under the Mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed. If a couple in love kiss under the Mistletoe, it is considered as a promise to marry and a long life filled with happiness.
Christmas stockings are empty socks hung by children in hope that Santa will fill it with gifts and goodies. There is a popular legend associated with this custom of hanging stockings. Supposedly one Christmas eve Santa came across a poor family and wanted to help them out. He wanted to remain anonymous, so he dropped in a few gold coins from the chimney. The coins fell into the stockings that were hanging there to dry.
I hope this list was helpful in enhancing your knowledge about Christmas symbols with their meanings. There are many other symbols and beliefs that are associated with the Christmas tradition. This was just a collection of the most popular ones. Having learned this, now you can go ahead ringing the Christmas bells, designing your own Christmas cards, decorating your Christmas tree, and enjoying this festive season in its true sense. Merry Christmas everyone!