Many churches decorate a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Chrismon (literally, Christ’s monogram) tree is decorated with symbols of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. As we recall his birth, the tree stands as a remembrance to his overall life. Either an evergreen tree or a bare-branched tree may be used.
The tree is also a recurring symbol throughout the Scriptures: Eden’s tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Golgotha’s crucifixion tree, and Revelation’s tree of Life.
If your congregation feels comfortable participating in this tradition, it is a wonderful way to involve creative children and adults in your church. They can make the ornaments in the shape of stars, for instance, and decorate each with a symbol. (I have included some suggestions to get you started.)
A couple of available resources are: Chrismons: They Point To Jesus (Diane Gibson, CSS Publishing), and the Chrismons series of books (Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 314 W. Main Street, Danville, VA 24541).