“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There are many signs. Many of our decorations have their “roots” in our Christian faith. Let’s explore some of the fun decorations we might see at Christmas and it will lead us to the greatest gift of all.

Walking around town there are many beautiful wreaths that hang on doors. Most of the pine scented wreaths that we see are round. The circular shape of wreath has no beginning or end. The wreath could serve as a reminder of the Eternal God.

In the evening a lighted Christmas tree may be beautifully adorned with lights. One tradition that may be widely known is that one Christmas Eve, Martin Luther was walking in the woods one evening and couldn’t believe how beautiful the evergreen trees shimmered with snow in the moonlight. He was so in awe of the beauty of the tree, he took it home and decorated it with candles. In the Bible God also compares himself to a green pine tree. Around the tree there may be many beautifully wrapped presents. Presents may surprise and be enjoyed but our ultimate gift is that of Jesus.

In Isaiah 7:14 the prophet Isaiah tells King Ahaz of Judah of a promise that God will destroy his enemies; as a sign that his prophecy is true, Isaiah predicts that a young woman of marriageable age will give birth to a child. The child’s name will be Immanuel. Jesus is the focus of Christmas. We celebrate his birthday. He was born of the humblest circumstances and grew up to be a man with no sin. Jesus is definitely our greatest Christmas gift that we have ever received.

There are many signs and symbols of Christmas that I see during this Advent season. Lord, let’s remember the ultimate gift and that is your precious son, Jesus.

~ Dana Wallace