'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, December 07, 2015. Posted in Special Series

'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

When you think of Christmas, what is the first picture that pops into your mind?

Is it this?

Christmas collage1

Or maybe this?

Christmas collage2

Or perhaps something more along these lines?

Christmas collage3

Or does the picture have something to do with this?

Christmas nativity

When you really think about it, Christmas is quite the symbol-laden holiday. Just off the top of my head, here's a list of "pictures" associated with Christmas:

  • Decorated trees
  • Snowflakes
  • Wreaths
  • Candy canes and peppermints
  • Gingerbread houses
  • Stars
  • Bells
  • Bows
  • Candles
  • Angels
  • Stockings
  • Snowmen
  • Holly berries
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Doves
  • Cardinals
  • Pinecones

Not to mention a big white-bearded guy with his reindeer and elves.

Each of these images represents a concept or idea associated with Christmastime. Sometimes it's as simple as snowflake = winter. Sometimes it's more complex, such as the wreath, which is associated with victory, celebration, unity, and immortality, all of which can reflect certain spiritual aspects of Christmas, too.

We all perceive these images and symbols differently.

You might see some Christmas bells, and they're just … bells to you. Somebody else may think of the film "It's a Wonderful Life" ("every time a bell rings…"). Others may hum the tune to "Silver Bells" as they slosh through the city sidewalks. One person's mind immediately goes to the children's classic "The Polar Express." Another person may look and say, "Ring the bells of heaven!"

Since a picture truly is worth a thousand words, we here at the Gospel Blog got a team of volunteer writers together, and we posed a challenge. We gave them each a Christmas-related image and asked them to write a spiritually minded article inspired by their assigned photo. (But none are a thousand words long, we promise!)

Most of the images don't really have spiritual overtones, but it's interesting to see what spiritual concepts each writer was able to pull from the photo.

Tomorrow we'll debut our first article, and we'll continue through Dec. 25. So, be sure to check every day (M-Th) for a new article — some by seasoned blog authors and others by special guests!

We hope that each message helps you sift through the mad jumble of merry symbols and focus on what truly matters this Christmas — Christ!

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

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Comments (1)

  • Sharon Sloan

    Sharon Sloan

    07 December 2015 at 02:14 |
    Great article.

    reply

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