My Living Christ Christmas Tree

Symbols of the Christmas season already span the shelves at our neighborhood stores. Many symbols resemble more about what retailers are hoping we’ll buy than anything else, some symbols beautifully represent the season and a just a few truly express feelings of faith about the birth of Christ that Christians celebrate.

At our house Christmas decorations and music don’t officially begin until the day after Thanksgiving, but this year I’ve captured a few extra days. Today, I taught the birth of Jesus Christ in Luke 2 to my teenage seminary class, and we’re going to study The Gospel According to Luke right through December. The New Testament account of Christ’s life will be my biographical companion for the season.

Since I’m busy singing Christmas songs in the morning with my students, anyway, I also pulled out my Christmas ornaments a bit early to share them with you. I decorate my Christmas tree as a personal expression of my faith. I am a Christian and a Mormon. Yes, Mormons believe in Jesus Christ—I certainly do. I hope my life is a symbol of my faith in Him.

I didn’t ever understand symbols in literature or symbols in the scriptures until I realized that symbols don’t have one right answer that everyone knows except me. Instead, I’ve come to see symbols as a way to represent or convey meaning about something else, like a particular truth, belief or idea that may be hard to visualize or describe without a physical reminder.

Two years ago, my study and memorization of The Living Christ: The Testimony of The Apostles coincided with the Christmas holiday. At the same time, we opened our home for a holiday benefit house tour. The 17-year-old Fred Meyer glass ball ornaments hanging on our 14-year-old artificial Target tree needed some updating.

I chose each ornament for our new tree to symbolize a particular aspect of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from The Living Christ. Some are well-known symbols like doves for peace, but others represent my own associations and creativity. On Wednesdays through Christmas Eve, I will share my symbolic ornaments from my Living Christ Christmas Tree and what they mean to me.


  1. Rebecca
    Nov 7, 2008

    What a meaningful way to decorate a tree! I love it and can’t wait to see your ornaments.

  2. An Ordinary Mom
    Dec 6, 2008

    You have inspired me!

  3. Miranda
    Oct 8, 2009

    I know you posted this almost a year ago but i just came across your website in my hunt for meaningful christmas ideas and I absolutely love this. Not only am i going to do it on our tree but i am now going to put together little ornament boxes (along with my testimony) for gifts to my friends so others can start this as well. Thank you so much for sharing, it has really made me excited for Christmas now.

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