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Monday, December 12, 2011

Honoring Christ in Christmas: Making the Chrismons

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First, before we start crafting, a little background:

The Chrismon tree is a variation of the standard decorated Christmas tree. 
A visit to the website of the church where Chrismons originated in 1959 will reveal a beautiful Chrismon tree, as well as a history of Chrismons. (Click on the link and  scroll down a bit.)

A Chrismon is a “Christ monogram”, or symbol of Christ.  

Chrismon trees are evergreen, for everlasting life.  The ornaments are generally  white, for peace and purity, with gold trim to represent Christ, our King.

We made our Chrismons this year using foam sheets, Sparkle Mod Podge, glitter glue (gold and some silver), and metallic plastic canvas cord.

First, we printed out symbol templates.  Some can be found here and here.  

We cut the templates out, turned them upside down on a piece of foam, and traced around them.  We then carefully cut the symbols out the foam.

We painted the foam symbols with the Sparkle Mod Podge.  Once they were dry, we decorated them with glitter glue.

Using a large needle and the metallic plastic canvas cord, we made hangers.

In the coming days, we will be featuring our ornaments, along with brief descriptions of each ancient Christian symbol’s history and meaning.

For part two of the Chrismons series click here.

Pax Christi,


  1. I *love* Chrismons. In fact, we still have several from our days as Lutherans. But a Chrismon tree is simply lovely

  2. How beautiful Michelle! Thank you for sharing this craft. Were you using this as an ornament? Or hanging on the wall?

  3. The ornament is on the tree. I am posting about the symbolism of one ornament per day, and we are adding that day's ornament to the tree. On Christmas eve, we will add garland etc., and have a completed Crismon tree for all of the twelve days of Christmas.

  4. Glittered Mod Podge??? I didn't even know it existed! =) Very cool. I look forward to reading more about the beautiful ornaments and the history behind each symbol. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. I had never heard of Chrismon before! What an interesting idea! Thanks for linking up to Manger Mondays!!

  6. Thanks for sharing! The Christmas tree at my church is decorated with Chrismons. Thanks for linking up to NOBH!


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