Episode ThemeGod-Worshiping: God Gave His Best.
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
Everybody seems to love decorating for Christmas. How do you decorate your house? How many different Christmas decorations can you name? Why do we decorate?
Some people say that Martin Luther was the first to cut down a tree and bring it into his house for Christmas. Evergreens, both trees and wreaths, do not die during the winter. They symbolize the eternal life Jesus gives us. The star on the top of the tree is for the original star over Bethlehem. Before Christmas lights were invented, people used candles in their houses and on Christmas trees to show how Jesus is the light of our world. Ornaments got started when German people wrapped apples in colored paper and hung them on their Christmas trees. Other things hung on Christmas trees have included fruits, cookies, candies, strings of popcorn and cranberries, flowers, and paper. The shape of a candy cane is supposed to remind us of the shepherds’ staff.
Advent wreaths, candles, and calendars are all used to help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Poinsettia plants came from Mexico; legend says that a poor boy had no gift to bring on Christmas. He prayed and a beautiful poinsettia plant grew next to him. Straw and nativity sets are used to remind us of where Jesus was born.
Bells have been used, even before Jesus was born, to announce both happy and sad news to everyone. Sending Christmas cards started in England in the 1800s. Most countries have some version of St. Nicholas who brings gifts to children.
People enjoy decorating for Christmas to celebrate the coming of the Messiah. As you decorate your house, along with Christians throughout the world, don’t forget that it’s Jesus’ birthday you are celebrating. Put Jesus at the center of all your Christmas decorations.