The Symbols of Christmas

The star
a) A heavenly sign of prophecy fulfilled long, long ages ago, -- The shining hope of mankind.
The star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. Heavenly Father promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of that promise.

The first color of Christmas, symbolizing the Savior's sacrifice for all.

Evergreen tree or Fir tree
a) Evergreen -- The second color of Christmas shows everlasting life. The needles point heavenward.
  the pure green color of the stately evergreen tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven.

The bell:
a) Rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold -- signifying that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.

The candle
a) A mirror of starlight reflecting our thanks for the Star of Bethlehem.
b) The candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.

Gift bow
a) Tied as we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill forever.

a) “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” The wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We should give gifts in the same spirit as the wise men."

Candy cane
a) The shepherd's crook used to bring lambs back into the fold. A reminder that we are all our brother's keeper.
b) The candy cane represents the shepherd's crook. The crook on the shepherd's staff helps bring back strayed sheep. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.

The wreath
a) A symbol of the never-ending eternal nature of love...having no beginning and no end.
b) The wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love. Christ’s love for us is never ending, like the circle of the wreath.

a) Presents represent the precious gift Heavenly Father gave us. His only begotten Son.

a) Lights represent the presence of God, and are a source of good.

a) Holly represents good fortune. The thorns are said to represent Christ's crown of thorns, and the red berries symbolize His blood.

a) Ornaments on the tree represent all of the beautiful things Jesus did.

a) The angels heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth, peace and good will.'

a) As lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, it should also bring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.