Chrismons hung on a Christmas tree at Miller’s Grant.
Chrismons were first developed in 1957 by Frances Spencer and the women of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. It was in response to the growing commercialization of the Christmas season. Instead of placing any decoration on a tree, Spencer wanted to add some meaning to Ascension Lutheran Church’s Christmas tree, so they created decorations with Christian symbols to help remind everyone who admired the tree that Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth.
Making a Chrismon
Chrismons are made with white, gold and silver as the main colors. However, there are many different types that feature:
Alpha and omega
Dove – symbolizing purity and the Holy Spirit
Butterfly – for the resurrection
Fish – a secret symbol of the early Christians; the early Greek word for fish, IXTHYS, also contains the letters for Jesus Christ, God’s Son our Savior
There are also numerous decorating methods and materials. Counted cross-stitch on Aida cloth is popular, as is stitching on plastic canvas. Many beautiful Chrismons are made with beads; others are painted.
Start a new tradition this holiday season – make a Chrismon to add to your Christmas tree. It will serve as a beautiful ornament and symbol of true spirit of Christmas.