Saturday, August 25, 2012

CHRISTMAS: Chrismon* Ornaments

What's a CHRISMON?

Chrismons are Christmas tree ornaments that are Biblical and/or theological symbols. The word Chrismon* was copyrighted in 1957 by a woman from Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA who wanted to create decorations she thought were more appropriate for a church Christmas tree. By definition they are typically white and gold to symbolize the purity and majesty of the Son of God so are most often created from styrofoam, gold ribbon or sequins, pearls, glitter, and/or gold beads. Christian symbol ornaments can certainly be made colorfully but those are not considered chrismons... just beautiful Christian ornaments. I may make some of those this year because it warms my heart to have my tree full of reminders of what Christmas is truly about.

Many, many years ago my mom had a group at our church who got together and created Chrismons both for the church's tree and for our family's tree and she loves them and continues to hang them on her tree every year. Having only one set, I've been forced to create my own but they can't seem live up to the ones she created so long ago. The photos below are a few of my mom's Chrismons. There are any number of different Christian symbols. Be creative as you design yours and rejoice in the splendor and majesty of the King!

To get some books:

For very simple templates look here. They were created by me and can be put on 1/4" or 1/2" styrofoam sheets to be cut our and decorated.

This one is my favorite!

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