The Chrismon tree tells the story of the significance of the season

Published 6:05 pm Monday, December 4, 2023

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The Johnson Center for the Arts is all decked out for the Christmas season and those of all ages will be delighted with what they see and learn.

On Friday, Ginny Hamm, museum docent, shared with students from Banks School the meaning of a Chrismon Tree and why it is so meaningful at the most wonderful time of the year.

Most of the students knew about a Chrismon Tree which is decorated in many churches during the season of Christ’s birth, Hamm said. And, the students were also familiar with the significance of some of the ornaments on the Chrismon Tree.

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Chrismons are religious symbols that represent many aspect of the Christian faith.

Hamm said Chrismons are usually white, the liturgical color of Christmas, which signifies joy and holiness and gold, which represents the glory and majesty of Jesus.

The students recognized the star, which they said represents the star that the Wise Men followed to see the Baby Jesus and the fish which, they said, represented the Fishers of Men.

Hamm encouraged the students to learn more about the Chrismon Tree, which tells the story of the Birth of the Christ and gives special meaning to the Christmas season.

Hamm said the tree is one of several decorated trees in the Johnson Center main gallery.

Each Christmas Tree is there to be enjoyed but the Chrismon Tree is unique in that it tells the significance of the most wonderful time of the year.