Star of Christmas

Christmas Lights

Our hope and vision as a church is that the light of Christ will shine through us to our community, our city and beyond.

Redeemer will be turning on our Christmas lights Thanksgiving evening.  Be sure to drive by and check them out.

We have many Christmas traditions and symbols - many related to our Christian heritage.  One tradition is Christmas lights.  Why?  Here is just a little history behind the tradition:

Outdoor Christmas lights on houses evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. The tradition of lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe. The small candles were attached to the tree branches with pins or melted wax. In addition, European Christians used to display a burning candle in the windows of their house that was visible from the outside. The candles in the window indicated to other Christians that the house was a Christian house and that other Christians were welcome to come worship with the residents.

Regardless of their origins, Christmas lights now hold new symbolism and meaning since becoming a Christian Christmas tradition. What do the Christmas lights symbolize in Christianity?

  • Symbol of the starry night on which Christ was born:
    Some people like to think of the lights representing the Star of Bethlehem, the sign that marked that Christ was born. The Magi asked in Matthew 2:3, "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."
  • Symbol of the light of Christ:
    In Christian tradition, candles are a symbol for Jesus and the light he brings to earth even in the darkest times. Some believe that the light is symbolic of the eternal light of Jesus’ spirit that is particularly kept in mind over Christmas. Jesus said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world."
  • Symbol of the light, hope and good in the world:
    The Christmas lights also served to remind good Christians to provide light to others. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, "...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
  • Symbol of following the enlightened path:
    Some suggest that the Christmas lights are a reminder to follow the way of Christ. The path of lights that wind around the tree leading to the star at the top may be symbolic of the enlighted path to salvation. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

 

Christmas Lights