Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. —Hosea 6:3
Who am I? I have been a member of Trinity since 1971. You have seen me here during each Advent season. My name stands for Christ Monograms (CHR-ist + MON-ogram). I am the Chrismon Tree.
In the fall of 1966, Circle 1, “The Young Mothers’ Circle” was formed. They had a Circle program on the Chrismon Tree that had started in Danville, Virginia. During the early ministry of Harold Fink, which began in 1971, members of Circle 1 of the WSCS (now UMW) made decorations for a Chrismon tree. The Styrofoam forms were cut by Carol Gill’s father, Linwood Pridgen. (Both were long-time members of Trinity.) Circle 1 made the Chrismons at Circle meetings and at their homes. In later years, Circle 3 added to the ornaments until the entire nine-foot tree was covered with Chrismon symbols in gold, silver, and white. The original ornaments are on the tree today.
All of the Chrismons used to decorate the tree are in white and gold. White is the liturgical color for Christmas and symbolizes that Jesus is pure and perfect. Gold symbolizes his majesty and glory. The evergreen tree is a representative of eternal life, which our Savior has given to us. It serves as the background for the tiny white lights, which symbolize Jesus, the light of the world.
Each year we display the Chrismon Tree to acknowledge the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.