Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Symbolism-Part Three

Hi everyone! I'm happy to be joining Pink Saturday and Seasonal Sunday! Here are a few more symbols that each have a special meaning for Christmas.
Once again, all of these definitions are courtesy of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

Rooster
Legend states that the only time a rooster crowed at midnight was the night that Jesus was born. In Spanish and Latin American countries "Misa del Gallo", the Mass of the Rooster, is celebrated at midnight on Christmas Eve. The crowing of the rooster at the dawn of each morning symbolizes the daily triumph of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.

Robin
The night Christ was born a little brown bird shared the stable with the Holy Family. During the night, Joseph built a fire to keep the family warm, but as they slept the fire burned out. From its nest the bird flew down and fanned the embers with its wings. The bird was very close to the fire and heat turned the bird's feathers red. The breast of the Robin has been red ever since to remind us of its love and compassion for the baby Jesus.

Lighthouse
Lighthouses lift up our spirits and inspire us. Just as the bright beacon of light guides the ships along their route, directing them away from danger, the light symbolizes guidance through life. The lighthouse also serves as a symbol of Christ, the light of the world.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Psalm 119:105

Pinata
The pinata may have originated in China and then spread to Italy, Spain and the Americas. Early pinatas were clay pots decorated with colored paper and filled with tiny treasures and treats. Used for religious teaching, breaking the pinata represents good defying evil. The treasures pouring from the broken pinata symbolize blessings, charity and abundance.
Have a happy day:@)

There's enough info for one more post, have you read enough, or is there an interest?

My favorite Christmas Movie... I like the comedies,
Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase and Scrooged with Bill Murray!

I hope you'll join "The Reason For The Season" party and link your nativity!
Details HERE!

38 comments:

  1. Wonderful post I enjoyed so much!

    I like Christmas Vacation too.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  2. I always love learning about Christmas tradtions! A friend of ours, who is from Germany, always hangs a glass pickle in her tree....really!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

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  3. Thanks so much for all the good holiday information. I was not aware of what some of these things represented. Interesting.

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  4. Great post. I love the rooster story, and the robin story is my favorite. :)
    D

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  5. I get Bonner's catalog too but haven't bought anything yet. These were some cute ornaments and I love the history you associated with them especially the lighthouse one. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  6. I loved reading your post about Christmas traditions...I also enjoyed your recent ones, including your darling cloche arrangement and your cookie baking! I recall having the same issues with dough sticking when I used to use the plastic Hallmark ornaments that made designs in the dough. You're a better woman than I......cuz I pitched my efforts and got rid of those cookie cutters! :)

    Hope you're having a great holiday season! dana

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  7. Great info. I enjoyed Christmas Vacation too. It was so funny!...Christine

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  8. I love the little robin! wonderful post!

    Blessings'
    Catlyn

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  9. I love these post about symbologism..... about Robin...we have another legend...about Jesus Christ Passion.....now that I Know about lighthouse I'm really sorry not having buy one when I visited them in Florida, Geaorgia and South CArolina... :( ...have a very nice weekend, love Flavia

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  10. Well first off, we love Christmas Vacation w/Chevy here in our house. LOL! Secondly, I just love this. I had not heard the symbolism on these other then the lighthouse. Wonderful. I'm going to create a link to this one and the others on my Christmas Inspiration page. I love them! Thank you!

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  11. What a wonderful lesson. I'm Hispanic and love pinatas yet didn't know the history of them. Awesome.

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  12. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season. What a lovely Pink Saturday post.

    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    Cathy

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  13. Thanks for sharing--that was interesting to read. :)

    Hoping you can join in my recipe swap again...I kinda got it going late...but it's going! :) Have a happy weekend.

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  14. wow great facts.
    we love the christmas vacation movie also.. we normally invite our neighbors over for cocktails as we watch it.
    Happy saturday

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  15. I absolutely loved the story of the rooster! So many beautiful and unusual ornaments.

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  16. You know I gotta love the Santa Pinata and the story that it symbolizes. Such a pretty ornament, too! I've never heard the story of the Red Robin...beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas.

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  17. Very interesting! I didn't know much of any of this!

    XO,
    Jane

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  18. I Love those interesting little stories! My favorite is the one about the ROBIN!!! I LOVE that Bird! Your ornaments are beautiful to match those stories...YES, those are some of my favorite Christmas Movies too, AND Christmas Story(I relate with that movie because it was MY ERA)!!! The new Fred Claus is good too...
    HUGS to you,
    Donna

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  19. I'll be leaving here knowing more than when I came in and I think that's wonderful. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy Pink Saturday. Blessings...Mary

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  20. Thanks for sharing this fun, informative post! I have that little rooster ornament on my small tree on the sun porch. Have a great weekend! ~ Sarah

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  21. Very interesting...my rooster likes 4am for crowing lol.

    Thank you for stopping by, happy PS.
    Kelsie

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  22. What lovies!!!!

    Happy PS!
    In Shoes We Trust,
    Maggie Mae @
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

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  23. Don't you just love Bronners?! Have a great weekend! La

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  24. I love knowing about the symbolism of each ornament, so keep em coming!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  25. Hello,
    for me it is very interesting to read all those informations. I didn't knew all this. For us the ornaments in the Christmas Tree are just decoration. So it's nice to see which meaning they have.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  26. Hi Lynn! Boy, you're so smart! I didn't know any of these, especially liked the Rooster info because you know I love my yard birds. Yes, I'm be coming to your party!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  27. Love the legend of the Robin! Now I'll be on the lookout for one for my tree, thanks for the info :-)

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  28. came here via frog hollow farm girl....

    what a wonderful blog...i don't know what took me so long to get here....i see alot of my blogging buddies here too

    happy to visit and happy to follow

    kary and teddy

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  29. Great post. These traditions are so neat. Most I have never hear about. Never to old to learn. Hugs, Ginger

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  30. I love those ornaments. I only have one from Bronner's, a beautiful Sherlock Holmes. One year I dropped it and was just crushed (as was the ornament, alas).

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  31. So fun, learinging all of this trivia. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. It's always fun to learn something new. I love Christmas Vacation!! That is my all time favorite Christmas movie.

    Manuela

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  33. Neat post Lynn! I love the ornaments too!
    Cindy

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  34. Lynn,

    I've so enjoyed your symbolism posts and am excited for your party tomorrow. Your ornaments are just pretty, pretty, pretty!

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  35. Such an interesting posts! Much of that I did not know. I do know our family loves lighthouses and display them at Christmas and other times of the year. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently. I posted the Christmas tree bread recipe today if you are interested. :)

    Donna

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  36. Beautiful posts...I did not know any of that. LOVE Christmas Vacation, but don't have the DVD. Several years ago I bought a bunch of DVDs with the shows I grew up with...Rudolph, Frosty, Little Drummer Boy, Charlie Brown, etc., and we love just leaving them running. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  37. Loved reading this tidbits. It's a wonderful addition to the season. Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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