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|Dec 25, 2012||A Christmas Special with Kirsten Russell*|
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|Dec 18, 2012||Light of the World|
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|Dec 11, 2012||Town Time|
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Title: Christmas Wreaths
Date: December 19, 2014
Christmas wreath makers go tipping. What’s tipping? Tipping is the sustainable harvesting method of snipping off green tips from evergreen trees. Wreath making, using the evergreen tips, guarantees and encourages new growth on the parent trees.
The tips are carried home and wound onto steel wreath-rings using thin wire; the wreaths are further decorated with pine cones, sea shells, glass ornaments, red bows, holly berry, winterberry, or Christmas baubles for public or personal display or for selling to you or me.
Christmas wreaths are circular – and you’re saying – “No kidding, Reverend?! Circular wreaths, you say?” The unending shape of wreaths is symbolic. It means eternity. Christmas wreaths are wound from evergreen tips. And you are saying – “No kidding, Reverend!? Wreaths from evergreen tips, you say?”
Evergreen tips symbolize everlasting life with the green color symbolizing hope and new life. Holly represents the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and winterberries or red bows represent His bloodshed. Christmas points to Easter. Christmas wreaths began as Advent wreaths and are now seen everywhere throughout the Yuletide. What is Advent? It’s the four weeks of preparation time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is a topic for another time.
Frequently, Christmas wreaths are left hanging in place through the long dead winter, reminding us of a deeper meaning: of love, of the promise of eternity, of life itself among us, and because it is often too cold to go outside to take them down.
Let’s Pray: Eternal God, lead us into everlasting life when that door opens before us. For now, when we see an evergreen wreath, remind us of Your love and let us reflect You. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Eternal and Loving