Chrismon tree

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A Chrismon tree is a variation of the Christmas tree developed in the 20th century. It includes a large number of ornaments called Chrismons, borrowing that term from the ancient Christian symbolism.

The concept was developed in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, when she set out to create decorations appropriate for a church's Christmas celebrations. The ornaments she created were based on leftover supplies used for wrapping Christmas presents. Spencer then began creating additional ornaments and wrote a series of how-to books.

The Chrismon tree is highly symbolic, conveying the life of Christ and the meaning of Christmas through commonly found items and easily understood symbols borrowed or modified from other sources. The tree is evergreen, representing eternal life, and decorated with traditional and modified ancient Christian symbols, called Chrismon. which are usually handmade by members of a local congregation using beads, sequins, glitter and styrofoam in colors of white and gold.

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL