Oh Christmas Tree...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Do you know the story behind Christmas trees?  Have you ever wondered why we decorate these lovely  firs this time of year? Well I was clueless, so I did a little investigating and found out that the trees and the lights symbolize Christ. Pretty cool huh?

The evergreen fir tree is a sign of hope throughout the winter season--hope in the promise that the rest of nature too will awaken to new life in the coming spring. The message of this symbolism was simple: through Jesus Christ we too have hope for everlasting life. Indeed, Jesus Christ has become our tree of life--the paradise tree. As such the evergreen Christmas tree reminds us that even though our earthly season must come to an end, yet we will live through the grace of our Lord Jesus. Read more for the symbolism behind the lights.

My little and I made some of our own tiny fir trees the other day. You can make some too...they're so easy and fun.

spools of thread
pipe cleaners
needle nose pliers
Christmas music (optional)

 cut some of your pipe cleaners in half
using one of the long pipe cleaners, fold in half and twist sides together to create the base of the tree. once it's all twisted, put into hole of the spool/tree trunk.
 using shorter pipe cleaners, fold in half around tree stem and twist into place
cut your tree into desired shape using needle-nose pliers or wire cutters. it's kind of like trimming a Bonsai tree - fun. (I used some of my longer snipped off pieces to create bulk/thickness on my tree)
Once you have the desired shape and tickness... you can decorate or leave plain. These little guys look so cute on bookshelves.  I have to say, I absolutely adore the little Charlie Brown versions that Liam made. They're perfect!
 Happy tree making! xo

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