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For Me, Christmas Is Light

Updated on January 30, 2015

A Warm Glowing Light, on a Cold Winter Night

I have always connected Christmas with light. Light is warm and welcoming, and that is how I like to think of Christmas. Light is repeated throughout the season: Christmas tree lights, Christmas stars, Christmas candles, Candlelight ceremonies.... I suppose it is perfectly fitting since Christmas is the day Jesus was born, and Jesus is the "light of the world".

Keep your eyes open this Christmas, and I hope that you, too, can appreciate the Light of Christmas this year.

Lights on the Christmas Tree

The tradition of decorating a tree with lights for Christmas, is believed to trace back to Martin Luther. According to the legend, while coming home one evening through a forest in Germany, Martin Luther was struck by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky. He wanted to tell his family about the beauty of it, but could not find words that could capture the sight, so he brought a tree into his home, and in order to simulate the stars, he added small candle tapers. The legend also says he did this in as a tool to teach the children about the majesty of Christ's birth.

The popularity of the lit Christmas tree grew during the Victorian era, as did many other Christmas traditions.

The first known electrically lit Christmas tree was the creation of Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison, in 1882 in New York City.

And the rest is history.

Santa Lucia Day - Luciadagen

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Santa Lucia Day (Luciadagen) is celebrated on December 13, in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Italy, Bosnia, Iceland, and Croatia, and parts of the United States. December 13, by the unreformed Julian calendar, is the longest night of the year. Santa Lucia day celebrates Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy), a young Christian martyr who lived in Cicily in the fourth century. She was known for her love and kindness.

Santa Lucia is celebrated with a procession and ceremony of light. A girl representing Santa Lucia wears a crown of candles and clothed in white, is followed by a group of other girls each carrying one candle, and sometimes boys dressed in white with white pointed hats called "star boys". They sing to the melody of the Neapolitan song Santa Lucia, and the ceremony concludes with the singing of Christmas Carols.

The name 'Lucia' comes from the latin noun 'lux', meaning 'light', making the festival of light celebration especially appropriate. In many countries, Santa Lucia Day serves as beginning of the holiday season.

Audio: Mario Lanza sings Santa Lucia

Poem: A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day by John Donne

When a manger is shown at Christmas, it often includes the three wisemen who followed a star to find the Christ-child. According to Matthew, the magi were men "from the east". We don't know exactly how many there were, and we don't know exactly when they found Jesus, but we do know it was not the night of his birth.

The manger is a symbol of that blessed night - not a photograph of it. It celebrates the entire story. The star shining brightly, leading the magi to the Lord would have been an awe inspiring sight.

The Moravian Star

The Moravian Star, also known as the Advent Star or the Herrnhut Star, originated in a Moravian Church school in Germany, in about 1850, probably as a geometry lesson. It was quickly adopted as a traditional symbol of Advent by the Moravian Church, and has remained a tradition Europe and America ever since.

Christmas Carols & Hymns of Light

(Photo by Pedro Angelini)

  • Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • As With Gladness
  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
  • Bring Your Torches
  • Carry the Light
  • Christ is the World's Light
  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
  • People, Look East
  • Savior of the Nations, Come
  • Silent Night, Holy Night
  • The First Noel
  • The Light of the World is Jesus
  • The Star in the East
  • We Three Kings

The Christingle

Christingle means Christ-Light

The Christingle has its origins in the Moravian Church. The legend tells of Pastor John, in 1747 Germany, who created a symbol to help teach the children about Jesus' love and the true meaning of Christmas. Pastor John gave each child a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon, with a prayer that said "Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these dear children's hearts".

The Christingle has evolved over time to be more elaborate and symbolic. The modern Christingle consists of:

  • an orange -> the world
  • a red ribbon -> the blood of Jesus
  • a lighted candle -> Christ, the light of the world
  • fruits and sweets on 4 skewers -> God's good gifts: the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
  • The skewers are arranged in a way that from above they form the cross.
  • Tin foil around the base of the candle -> reflects Christ's light and goodness

How to Make a Christingle

Children's Books on Christmas Light

Light of Christmas
Light of Christmas

High in the mountains lies the town of Noel, surrounded by beautiful white walls and a great silver gate. Every year Alexander and his mother walk the long distance to Noel to watch the lighting of the village Christmas tree. This year Alexander learns that the Keeper of the Flame will choose the person who has given the truest gift of Christmas to light the flame. On his way to Noel, Alexander helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. His act of charity is rewarded when he is chosen to light the Christmas flame. Alexander learns that it isn't what you have to give, but how you give of yourself that matters most.

 

Bible Verses on Light

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And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. -- Genesis 1:3An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. -- Luke 2:9

Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. -- Isaiah 60:20

You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. -- 2 Samuel 22:29

The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? -- Psalm 27:1

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. -- Psalm 43:3

You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. -- Psalm 76:4

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." -- John 8:12

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. -- Psalm 89:15

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. -- Psalm 112:4

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. -- Matthew 5:14-16

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. -- Matthew 2:9-10

Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree

The Painter of Light

Thomas Kinkade is known as the "Painter of Light", and the joy of Christmas Light is certainly portrayed in these pieces:

Advent wreath
Advent wreath

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Peace, Hope, Joy, Love

Advent is the season leading up to Christmas Day. I many countries throughout the world it is tradition, both in families, and in churches, to light an Advent Wreath.

The Advent Wreath is comprised of four candles in a circle (three purple, and one pink). These candles are lit, one a week, for the four weeks before Christmas (Advent). Sometimes a fifth "Christ Candle" in the center of the wreath is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, with the pink candle (joy) being the third.

More Advent Candle Resources

Advent Song to tune of Away in a Manger

Readings for Lighting the Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath Children's Paper Craft

Advent Wreath Coloring

Christmas Light Guestbook

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    • Lemming13 profile image

      Lemming13 4 years ago

      What a beautiful and interesting lens. Compliments of the season to you - may your Christmas be filled with light.

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      thank you for this lovely illustration of lights at Christmas. I sit here at the end of Jan still with my Christmas tree up because I enjoy the lights so well and am not ready to do with out. Thanks again for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Light and joy and love!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Yes, He is the light of the world. Thank you for sharing your deLIGHTful faith with us on Squidoo. You have made this a wonderful day for me.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. Christmas is light, I love Christmas not some much the gifts, I enjoy seeing children and their smiling faces and the joy's of families sharing. I enjoy reading your lens. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      manjuchandra 5 years ago

      Its a superb............

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      badmsm 5 years ago

      Keep spreading the Light! Blessed & Liked by a Squid Angel :)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Joy.. and your lens is joyful too.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Lovely lens - Christmas is special.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Christmas means HOPE.

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      monarch13 5 years ago

      Blessed by a "star" loving angel!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Very nice. Merry christmas.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Beautifully stated and presented Christmas light. Christmas means Love to me.

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      carolbrusegar 5 years ago

      Lovely lens indeed! I, too, equate Christmas with light. I like the variety you included. I'd never heard of a Christingle before.

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      I love your lens! I will be back again to re-read!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, came back for a revisit.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful passages.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Great lens, wonderful passages on the light. Blessed by a squidangel!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful lens full of the light of Christmas. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Thumbs up!

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      A wonderful lens! Thankyou!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      another awesome lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/14/2010. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Congratulations on your Purple Star for a very well-deserving Holiday lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very Nice Light lense for Christmas :)

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      bechand 6 years ago

      That girl with the candles on her head better stand still, one slip and the church goes up in flames !

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      cool lens!! i love all of your lenses. they are awesome! nice job! God bless!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I'd have to agree with you that Christmas is light...nicely done.

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      carolbrusegar 6 years ago

      I agree! Christmas means light at so many levels! I love your lens!!

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      Lynne Modranski 7 years ago from Ohio

      I too love lights at Christmas. i love all of their symbols and I love the way they look. I hang thousands of lights in my home every year.

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      palaceofglass 7 years ago

      Interesting lens. I think I'll follow a couple your tips.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Christianity Headquarters: http://www.squidoo.com/groups/Christianity-religio...

      It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      We all love the atmosphere at Christmas but perhaps you would like to see my lens Christmas with a difference. There is nothing wrong with the traditional Christmas but sometimes we need to look deeper.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Now I can give you Angel Blessings for being a Spirit of the Season Challenge winner as well.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Congratulations on being one of the Third Prize Winner in the Spirit of the Season Challenge. Be sure to email me with your address so we can get your incentives mailed to you.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A SquidAngel Blessing for your beautiful lens, PastorKay! :)

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      AnnRadley 8 years ago

      To me the Christmas season brings light at the very darkest time of the year, and light brings a higher vibration or consciousness. Thanks for your beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A very lovely and thoughtful lens. I had never heard of Christingle before, but have seen the wonderful film, "First Fruits", about the Moravians. My pastor in Malawi once preached a powerful message: "Light Rules". I designed t-shirt transfers using that and I John1:5b. I'll be looking for more lights this Christmas season! 5*, my faves, & fan. :-)

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Nicely done. Light is nice any time of the year but especially at this time. 5 stars. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for including the Worldwide Candle Lighting Lens. For me doing grief and loss work, candlelight at Christmas is helpful, hopeful and healing.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Beautifully done. Thank you for adding this to the Spirit of the Season Lens. Do you know about the Worldwide Candle lighting,https://hubpages.com/health/worldwide-candle-light next Sunday?