I think so many times the true meaning of Christmas gets shoved to the backburner in our lifes. There are just so many wonderful true Christmas crafts and traditions that over the years have been set aside. I myself can not imagine growing up without a Nativity as the center of my Christmas decorating. And I do not have just one, but have one in each room of my home including a large one in the bathroom setting on top of the storage cabinet . It sits in front of a half 2 foot wall tree sparkling with white lights.
One craft I have done to keep the true meaning of Christmas in our hearts is to make a Christmas Nail.
It is a very simple project and one that carries what I believe is the "Reason For The Season"
All you need is a large spike nail or if you can find a railroad spike. Tie on a pretty red ribbon and I tied a length of fishing line on the top to hang with. This nail will hang on your tree.
In my travels around the web I have found so many ideas and sayings but wanted to share this particuliar poem. It would be beautiful printed out on some pretty scrapping paper and framed.. I have even seen it printed and a small Christmas Nail added to the poem in the frame. It would make a beautiful gift to give for the Holidays.
Here is the poem......
The Christmas Nail
It's Christmas time at our house
And we're putting up our tree.
I wish I could find some simple way
to remember Christ's gift to me.
Some little sign or symbol
to show friends stopping by,
The Little Babe was born one day
but He really came to die.
Some symbol of his nail-pierced hands,
the blood he shed for you and me.
What if I hung a simple nail
on my shining Christmas tree?
A crimson bow tied round the nail
as His bloods flowed down so free,
to save each person from their sin
and redeem us for eternity.
I know it was His love for us
that held him to the tree,
But when I see the simple nail
I know he died for me.
I love the symbolism of this Christmas nail. The saying is, "The Christmas Nail is to be hung on a sturdy branch, a branch near the trunk. It is hung with the thought: The Christmas tree but foreshadows the Christ tree which only He could decorate for us by offering us salvation through His crucifixion."
This is another poem type that you could print out on a smal business type card and just add to the ribbon on the nail.
"This naill reminds me that:
The Greatest Gift of All was
never laid beneath a
Christmas tree or presented
on bended knee-
but hung upon a lonely tree,
the Gift of Life for All to see".
May the Christmas spirit be with you thoughout the year.