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Day 23 in my #31dayphotochallenge | Christmas Ornaments

In day 23 of my #31dayphotochallenge I took this picture of a Christmas ornament view with my #GooglePixel as usual and edited with Adobe Photoshop CC for mobile devices. Check it out here if you want a great editing software on the go: Considering Christmas is nearing I figured to do a couple Christmas related posts like the meaning of Christmas ornaments.

Did you ever wonder what they all mean? I did until I found a couple interesting facts at:

  • The Star: The Christmas star symbolizes the star of Bethlehem which guided the three kings to the baby Jesus. According to the New Testament, Melchior, Balthazar, and Gaspar brought gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh to the newborn. A star is also the heavenly sign of prophecy fulfilled long ago and the shining hope of humanity.

  • The Color Red: The first color of Christmas, symbolizing that Savior's sacrifice for all and represents the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. It's reflected in the color of Holly berries.

  • The Fir Tree: Evergreen is the second color of Christmas and shows everlasting light and life. Romans decorated their houses with evergreen branches during the New Year, and the tree symbolized life during the winter. There is also a legend that when Christ was born in the dead of winter, all the trees around the world shook off the snow to reveal new shoots of green.

  • The Bell: Bells are rung during Christmas to proclaim the arrival of the season, and they announce the birth of Christ.

  • The Candle: A mirror of starlight, reflecting our thanks for the star of Bethlehem.

  • The Gift Bow: Ribbon is tied to represent how we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill.

  • The Candy Cane: This treat represents the shape of a shepherd's crook. It reminds us that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, was born on Christmas and used the crook the bring the lost lambs back to the fold. The red stripe represents Christ's sacrifice and the white stands for his purity.

  • The Wreath: A circular, never-ending symbol of eternal love and rebirth. Holly also stands for immortality and cedar for strength. Today the wreath symbolizes generosity, giving and gathering of family.

  • Mistletoe: Mistletoe has no roots of its own. It lives off the tree that it is attached to,

and without it, the mistletoe would die. The plant is a symbol of man's love which is derived from God.

  • Giving gifts: The wise men who brought their gifts to honor the birth of Jesus inspired the concept of giving gifts during the holiday. God also gives us the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit to follow his direction: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude, and fear of the Lord.

I hope you learned something here. I sure did!

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