For last week’s Project of the Week, I designed a mostly 2-D rose that was appropriate for incorporation into a wall plaque. I had a great time working on the rose design and really liked the way it turned out, so I decided to see how that same design would work as a Christmas ornament. I must say it works even better than I’d expected.
The rose is, of course, one of the most popular flowers, so the ornaments have symbolism based simply on how well-loved the rose is. However, I specifically chose colors for my rose ornaments that have additional meaning:
- Red roses symbolize love, and as the song says, God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 reads, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
- Yellow roses stand for friendship, caring, happiness, and freedom. What I love most about the holidays is spending time with my friends and family. While yellow isn’t a “traditional” holiday color, the yellow rose certainly does represent the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jesus is the ultimate example of friendship, for as he said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” and that’s exactly what he did.
- Pink roses represent grace and sympathy, and “it is by grace [we] have been saved” (Ephesians 2:5).
- Dark red and purple roses signify gratitude. Paul instructed us to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Often, the stress of the Christmas season stems from the “gift” part of the process – finding the right gift for everyone on your list, making sure your friends and family have your Christmas wish list so you don’t get gifts you don’t want, and spending inordinate amounts of money in the process. In the midst of the insanity, “gratitude” reminds us that, even before the exchange of gifts, we have so very many blessings for which to be thankful.
Roses are beautiful flowers, and they have been imbued with meaning and symbolism over the centuries. Together, their meaning and their beauty make them the perfect addition to a Christmas tree.
Update: All of my Christmas Rose Ornaments are now available in my Etsy shop. Here are the links: