Growing up we would go see the world's largest Christmas tree! Right here in downtown Wilmington! Choirs would stand under it and sing. I remember just standing and staring. It was the most beautiful thing I had seen! In the middle of a dirt parking lot!
I read, a few years ago, that Americans set up 35 million Christmas trees. I used to put up a tree in the den, living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. I enjoyed it but the problem is what goes up must come down! I keep it very simple these days! According to Ann Shorb, the first record of a decorated Christmas tree was in 1510 in Latvia. The tree was a reminder of eternal life and the gift of Jesus Christ. Green symbolized hope and new life in Christ.
As we anticipate Christmas day let's focus on Jesus making us a new creation. Even in the roughest seasons of our lives we can know that Jesus is with us. Our tree can remind us we are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5: 17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
We bring dead trees in our homes and decorate them with pretty ornaments and light them with pretty sparkly lights. We make the dead trees beautiful just like Jesus gives us new life and makes us beautiful. We were dead inside, but Jesus came to live in our hearts and now we have life and we are shining so bright that others want what we have!
O Come let us adore Him!