Inside St. Matthew Lutheran Church, there’s a Christmas tree whose decorations hold special meaning.

The Chrismons tree symbolizes Christ’s life ministry and believers’ faith in Him, according to an educational pamphlet provided by the church. Chrismons, which stand for Christ monograms, are white and gold to symbolize the Lord’s purity and perfection. The small white lights have a similar meaning, and remind viewers that “Christ truly was the Light of the World,” according to the pamphlet.

The church has a special connection to this type of tree, too. St. Matthew’s erected its first Chrismons tree in 1959, with Chrismons made by Ruth. K. Leidich, who was a member of the congregation. Leidich’s sister, Frances Kipps Spencer of Danville, Virginia, originated Chrismons in 1957.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located at 700 Pleasure Road. For more information, visit stmatthewelc.com

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