Some friends of mind were putting up their Christmas tree today. I told them be sure to bless it. A survey a few years ago said that practices like having a Christmas tree, a Christmas crib, religious carols and music are declining.
Macy’s proclaims on its advertisement, “BELIEVE.” Believe what?
Christian believers might want to keep the season proclaiming belief. Be good to start by reminding ourselves what a Christmas tree stands for and blessing it:
Long ago, God placed a tree in the garden of paradise as a gift to all human beings, a tree of wisdom and knowledge and laden with every good thing. Our Christmas Tree reminds us of that tree. It reminds us of the blessings Jesus Christ brings at his coming, blessings of kindness and care. He brought us these blessings through the Tree of his Cross.
So we thank God at this time, remembering the birth of his Son.
Lord our God,
the heavens are works of your hands,
the moon and stars you made;
the earth and sea, and every living creature came into being
by your word. And all of us, too.
May this tree cheer this house
Through Jesus Christ, your good, holy Son
who brings life and beauty to us and to our world.
Lighting this tree, we hope in his promise.