When I was nine, Mom took me to the famous Podesta Baldocci florist in San Francisco. Each year in December, the florist shop created dazzling, fantasy Christmas trees and put them on display for lucky people like us to linger near, joyfully investigating the minutely amazing decorations that sprinkled and sparkled amidst the evergreen limbs.
That year, I saw a Victorian-themed Christmas tree, decked in white and pink. I had never seen anything more beautiful.
Since then I’ve had the chance to create my own memorable Christmas trees. And although I’ve never forgotten that beautiful pink and white tree at Podesta Baldocci, I’ve never created one for myself.
Because as beautiful as a pink and white tree is, nothing says Christmas like red and green.
- RED—the color of Christ’s blood, shed for us, made possible by his becoming human for our sake.
- GREEN—the color that represents fresh, new life in nature and thus reminds us of the new life we have in Christ.
Both of which became a reality at Jesus’ birth.
We humans love silver and gold tinsel. We love multi-colored twinkle lights outlining our roofs. And some of us even love pink and white Victorian decorations.
But, nothing can say Christmas like red and green. Because they remind us of Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank you God for color. We are so grateful for the enormous beauty you filled this world with. You have put color everywhere to delight our senses and remind us of you. Help us always be mindful of your glory whenever we see the colors of Christmas. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you go with a theme when you decorate for Christmas?