[Christmas Joys] Deck the Halls, Meaningfully.

You know that Christmas is just around the corner when you start seeing Christmas decors everywhere you go.  In our home, my mom put them up November 1st but if you’ve been to the malls, decors have been up as early as October!

What I’ve learned throughout the years when it comes to “decking the halls” with Christmas decorations is this: Don’t do it just for the sake of decorating or prettifying your house.  Do it with meaning, and understand what each of the pieces represents.  Let the decors speak of what Christmas is really all about.

The third part of my Christmas Joys series is all about my favorite Christmas decors displayed in our home.  Each piece, when put together, reminds me of the story of the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus. (Oh, and my mom’s an advocate of native things, so  you’ll see that everything in our house is produced and bought locally.)

The herald angels announcing the birth of Jesus! "Today in the town of David, a savior has been born to you.  He is Christ the Lord!"

The herald angels announcing the birth of Jesus! “Today in the town of David, a savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!”

The traditional, "only in the Philippines" parol. Ours is very simple, but it does represent the star that guided the Three Kings to Baby Jesus. It also symbolizes the Filipinos' hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.

The traditional, “only in the Philippines” parol. Ours is very simple, but it does represent the star that guided the Three Kings to Baby Jesus. It also symbolizes the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season. (Please pardon this grainy photo)

The three kings who followed the star.

The three kings who followed the star.

And of course, the BELEN, which is at the center of our living room.  Happy birthday, Jesus. :)

And of course, the BELEN, which is at the center of our living room. Happy birthday, Jesus. :)

Of course, there are also decors that aren’t related to the story of the first Christmas, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be meaningful:

Santa Claus, the symbol of jolliness and generosity for the children at heart.

Santa Claus, the symbol of jolliness and generosity for the children and children at heart.

The pretty poinsettia --- known as the Christmas flower, a symbol of holiday cheer.  Here's the legend of the poinsettia: "The enchanting legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child. Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road. As she approached the altar, a miracle happened: The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena - Flowers of the Holy Night. Now they are called poinsettias." (Source: aboutflowers.com)

The pretty poinsettia — known as the Christmas flower, a symbol of holiday cheer. Here’s the legend of the poinsettia: “The enchanting legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child. Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road. As she approached the altar, a miracle happened: The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena – Flowers of the Holy Night. Now they are called poinsettias.” (Source: aboutflowers.com)

When I move to my own place two Christmases from now (aaaaahhh thank you, Lord!!!), I’ll be doing my own Christmas decking with my own style and preferences.  I’m so excited!  :)

I can feel the Christmas spirit already!  What are YOUR favorite meaningful holiday decorations?

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