Christmas Greens and Their Symbolism

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Last week’s post on the herb, rosemary, brought requests about other symbolisms of plants in our Christian traditions. The meanings of evergreens in the language of flowers will be new to some of you, and familiar to others who may have read this column before. During the Christmas holidays I love how the fragrance and beauty of [Read More...]

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Symbolism of Christmas Evergreens

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Its Christmas time and I love how the fragrance and beauty of evergreens adds to celebrating this holy season. Many of us add Christmas trees, wreaths or garlands to our homes. Collectively, evergreens for early Christians symbolized everlasting life because their boughs stay green all year. Two weeks ago at CatholicMom.com I wrote about the origin [Read More...]

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Adam, Eve and the Christmas Tree

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This tree has its own familiar presence in our lives. In the tradition of the Eastern Church the feast day of Adam and Eve, whom they consider saints, is December 24 th.  It was on this date that a Paradise Tree was decorated with red apples or quince that represented the forbidden fruit…the rest of [Read More...]

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Move Over Poinsettia, Rosemary’s Here!

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I’m on a mission to dethrone the poinsettia as the Christmas plant in Catholic homes and churches with the herb Rosemary officinalis. The poinsettia’s association with Christmas began in Mexico in the 1600s. A legend tells of a young girl, too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, was told by an [Read More...]

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