Christmas is a wonderful holiday. Throughout the world, its very name evokes images of wonder, charity and love. Its season is observed by believers and nonbelievers alike . . and in this 21st century since the birth of Christ, secular celebration often outshines the sacred. This web site is meant to set things right. It is your resource. Use it. Share it. Contribute your ideas to it. Your Christmas will be all the finer for it.
from the very first Christmas trees in Germany in the Middle Ages, when traveling minstrels and troubadours acted out Bible stories and morality plays in churches and village squares. A popular skit paired the story of Eden with the promise of the Messiah. Often performed on the Feast of Adam and Eve, then December 24th, the play's centerpiece was the Paradise Tree, a fir tree decorated with apples. Children so delighted in this custom that parents were persuaded to have such a tree in the home. Laden with fruit and pastries, the Paradise Tree soon became a family favorite at Christmastide.
Just as the Jesse Tree honors Christ's Judaic heritage and the Chris-Mons tree found in many churches celebrates the symbols associated with Christianity, today's Paradise Tree brings the cross into the Christmas tree as it celebrates ALL of Jesus Christ: His life, His ministry, His glory. Each ornament tells a story rooted in the Bible or in tradition. Where white is used, it is a symbol of His purity. Gold is sign of His kingship. And a single golden apple recalls those first trees of long ago.
"Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door, the dark night wakes,
the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more."
--- Bishop Phillips Brooks, from "O Little Town of Bethlehem"