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Secrets of the Christmas tree, its meaning, ancient origins and symbolism.

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O Tree

  1. 1. Secrets in the Christmas Tree personal vision :: winter light By Carol Sill
  2. 2. A Tree of Life <ul><li>In the form of the Christmas tree, the beautiful tree of life comes into our living rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an altar, a symbol and an embodiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year we go through the ancient ritual of the tree – its sacrifice and resurrection in light. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Green, Even in Winter <ul><li>Even in the coldest dead of winter, when all the other trees have become skeletons, the evergreen is permanent, stable and constant, a symbol of everlasting life. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Do We Do This? <ul><li>Why do we bring this symbol of everlasting life into our homes, into the main room of the home, where we live and enjoy ourselves? </li></ul><ul><li>To remind us of life everlasting and to bless our future. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Life’s Continuity <ul><li>By honoring nature through the evergreen tree, we affirm the continuity of life and light throughout the darkest days on earth. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Decorations <ul><li>When we decorate the tree, it is a ceremony of offerings, which involves placing upon the tree of life precious and beautiful objects – spheres, miniatures, sparkling things, shining things, pretty things, funny things, things that only the family understands. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Offerings <ul><li>By offering decorations to the spirit of life through the tree, we call to the life force and entrust our family’s future welfare to it. </li></ul><ul><li>By year after year placing objects which have meaning only within the family, a resonance is built up which protects the family. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Meaning and Memory <ul><li>Each time the decorations are taken from their box in the yearly ritual, they have accumulated more meaning and memory. </li></ul><ul><li>These fragile, often reflective, and precious personal objects of beauty adorn the tree of life which becomes an embodiment of the family spirit. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Symbolism of the Lights <ul><li>The lights on the tree symbolize the energy and life force of the magnetism and colors of breath, as growth and life radiate out from the branches, especially the tips of the branches. </li></ul><ul><li>The lights symbolize the divine presence which illuminates all. </li></ul>
  10. 10. An Altar of Light <ul><li>The illuminated tree becomes an altar of light in the home. At this altar is an offering to the naturally existing divinity in all beings. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Light in Darkness <ul><li>The lights are also a human comfort in the darkest days. A tree covered in lights indoors would mean little in the peak of July. This contrast gives the tree much of its beauty and meaning. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Light and Dark <ul><li>As the lights contrast the dark days of winter, our hearts are reminded of the life force always present and the divine in all life. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Ancient Resonance <ul><li>Ultimately it is an ancient thing we do when we bring a tree into the home. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an ancient nature worship, allowing an embodiment for a most ancient protective being, a form of God as a generative everlasting being of light living through the harmony of humanity’s reverence for nature. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Being of Light <ul><li>Yet this being is nothing but a reflection of ourselves, a light-filled jewel-gifted transfigured reflection of the human form standing before us. </li></ul><ul><li>The decorated tree reflects the lord or lady of light within each of us. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sparkling Beauty <ul><li>We offer gifts beneath this being and adore its beauty. </li></ul><ul><li>We delight in its presence, gathering round its radiant glow. </li></ul>
  16. 16. O Tree! <ul><li>O tree of life that grows in each of us, </li></ul><ul><li>O being of light and gifts and precious delights: </li></ul><ul><li>“ How lovely are your branches.” </li></ul>