St. Michael's United Church of Christ
West Chicago, Illinois
proud to be an Open and Affirming congregation
Decorating the Chrismon Tree
Each year our congregation decorates our Chrismon tree on the first Sunday of Advent, when we light the advent wreath candle of HOPE.
The Chrismon tree tradition was began by Frances Kipps Spencer in the United States in the 1950’s. The name ”Chrismon” comes from the combination of Christ and monogram. At first this Advent evergreen tree was only decorated with classic monograms for Christ as the Chi Ro and ICTHUS. As the tradition evolved, however, other symbols for Christ were added as an anchor, chalice, and crosses of all kinds. Chrismons are usually made in gold and white—the liturgical colors of the Christmas season emphasizing majesty and coming of the light.
Our congregation's ornaments were hand-made by members, and most were made in the 1960s.
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