Last year when the adorable felt Christmas trees were flooding pinterest, I decided to make my own: a felt Christmas tree with a twist! I decided to do without the presents and to add some symbolism instead. While I love Christmas, I feel that it gets bombarded with gifts, instead of focusing on the most important gift of all.
In our family, Christ is the reason for Christmas, and I wanted to make our felt Christmas tree a Christ-centered one! I designed this learning activity to be both fun and meaningful. The ornaments for our Christmas tree are shapes, and each shape has a special meaning for the story of the birth of Christ. Here is what they all signify:
The circle represents the world. God sent Jesus down to Earth to save us from our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV)
The heart represents the love of God. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
The star represents the star in the sky at Jesus’ birth. Matthew 2:2 “…’Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'” (NIV)
The white triangle represents how our sins have become white as snow. Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (NIV)
We also have implemented this Christmas tree in the children’s program at our church, and what a thrill it is to them! I love how an activity like this can be so exciting and meaningful at the same time.