Chrismons depict the life of Christ

Published 9:11 am Thursday, December 22, 2022

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By Carole Demmy

Holy Cross Lutheran

Chrismons are the gold and white Christmas tree ornaments depicting the life of Christ and other religious symbols.

Chrismons originated in 1957 and were first made for use on the Christmas tree at Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Va. They were designed and created by Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of that congregation.

All of the designs have been used by the followers of Jesus for 2,000 years and are the heritage of all Christians of all denominations. Many churches have trees covered with Chrismons, whose gold and white colors symbolize the purity and majesty of Jesus. Gold and white are also the liturgical colors of the Christmas season, while the tree itself symbolizes the eternal life that Jesus provides.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1913 US 601 S., Mocksville, has a Chrismon tree displayed in the sanctuary. These ornaments were made by members of the congregation over the last several decades and are hung on the Christmas tree every year. With its white lights and Chrismon ornaments, the tree is a real story of the life of Jesus Christ.

The Christmas Eve worship service will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. This will be a service of scripture reading, carols, and Holy Communion. Prior to worship, from 5-6:30 p.m., folks can be photographed in front of a beautiful fireplace backdrop. This free photo will be sent to the individuals digitally. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 9 a.m. and will include scripture, prayers, and carols. All are welcome.