Sunday, December 4, 2011

What does the Christmas Tree Really Mean?



Do you know where the Christmas Tree really represents and originated from?  Well here is one story from an elder that was shared with me.

In ancient times the evergreen tree was the World Tree, the Tree of Life, that was seen as the center of the Universe.  The Tree of Life represents the wisdom and eternal life that is graced to us here on Earth.  It reveals the rebirth and the growth through our life journey.  It shows up the abundance in its fruits to fill and nourish us.  The branches reaching towards the sky showing us with shade as we connect with the cosmos.

Artist Willow Arlenea


The Christmas Tree is an evergreen tree.  The evergreen tree itself is a symbol for everlasting life.  The eternal life gracing each of us.  The roots are the representation of the grounding in foundation and the fertility of life.  The branches reaching upward are topped traditionally with a star.  A star that connects and reminds us of the Cosmos, the spiritual connection to all that is.  The gifts beneath representation of the abundance of the fruits of life.  Each of these symbols connect us with the three dimensions of the heavens, our physical world, and the underworld.  The same connections of the Tree of Life.

So when you put your Tree up this year, pause for a few moments and remember the connections of the tree and give thanks for the abundance of your life.

3 comments:

  1. The Evergreen Tree: Jesus Christ
    The Roots: God the Father
    The Branches: Hope and Eternity
    The Gifts Beneath the Tree: The Fruits of a life in Christ
    The Three Dimensions of the Heavens: God the Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit: The Trinity

    So when you put your tree up this year, pause for a few moments and remember the connections of the tree and give thanks for the abundance of your life!

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  2. I never knew any of this. For some reason I always thought the tree of life was the Bodhi tree..but maybe that's something else...Great post...I loved the pic...there's nothing like the warm glow of lights from a Christmas tree in winter :)

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