Crèche: St. Francis put up the first Christmas Crib
after obtaining permission from the Pope. It was a simple manger
with a doll in it, to which children brought their gifts and elders their
prayers. Later, animals borrowed from neighbors, were added to
the scene. Today the nativity scene is often a part of the front
yard decorations complete with reindeer prancing across the
Cross: More appropriately used as the Easter symbol, but in some
countries a cross, made of straw, is placed in front of homes to keep away
evil. Lighted crosses, indicating the living Christ as the light of
the world, are used on many churches in America. Have you ever
noticed how the star over Bethlehem looks like a cross.
Edelweiss: The beautiful star-shaped pure white blossom of
the Alps is used in homes there as the Christmas flower, as well as the
white representing the purity of Christ.
Feast: Christmas feasts seem to be popular in all
lands. In some countries the feast consists of twelve courses
representing the twelve apostles of Christ. It is becoming
increasingly popular for those who have much, to share with those who have
little, thus symbolizing the gifts of the Wise Men. Go to Christmas
Recipe if you are looking for more ideas.
Firecrackers: These are used widely in the southern
part of the United States as well as in the Orient and Australia, to celebrate the
arrival of Christmas.
Fireplace: In England and America children hang their
stockings by the fireplace and Santa Claus enters the house by the chimney
and fills the waiting stockings with gifts. It is also the gathering
place for family and friends especially at Christmas time.
in a fireplace
Warmth of home and friends
Frost covered windows and
I hope winter never ends.