Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Christian Symbols for Chrismon Crafts

Samples of the Christian patterns found in the following collection.
This collection includes historic Christian symbols visitors may use for crafts. I will include explanations of the symbols.
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Patterns for Christmas Trees or Specifically Chrismon Trees:
  1. A 16th Century Pomegranate Design for Chrismons (Messianic Chrismon)
  2. Two Sun Symbols for a Chrismon Christmas Tree
  3. A Simple Fleur De Lys
  4. The Magen David Symbol (Messianic Chrismon)
  5. Three Rings Represent The Trinity
  6. The Passion Cross or the Calvary Cross
  7. The Greek Cross Chrismon Pattern
  8. Cross of Constantine Pattern - two versions
  9. Italian Lamb of God for Chrismons
  10. "IHS" Plus a Crown Pattern for Chrismons
  11. Saint Andrew's Cross Chrismon Pattern
  12. A Cross Confirmation Banner by Kathy Grimm (The Cross Patonce pattern)
  13. The Latin Cross Pattern
A Chrismon tree is a Christmas tree decorated with explicitly Christian symbols in white and gold. First introduced by American Lutherans in 1957, the practice rapidly spread to other Christian denominations, including Anglicans, Catholics, Methodists, and the Reformed.
       The Word "Chrismon" (plural "Chrismons") was adopted for a type of Christmas decoration and explained as a portmanteau of "CHRISt-MONOgram" (a Christogram) first by Frances Kipps Spencer for her congregation's Christmas tree.
      Originally, the women who developed Chrismon ornaments intended for their designs and ideas to also be given away and not mass marketed for profit. In fact, they developed their Chrismon tree display as a kind or personal protest against the commercialism of Christmas. But as all good Christmas ideas eventually become marketable product in America, so went the ways of supply and demand for the ornaments. Frances Kipp Spencer's original versions are primarily made from beaded patterns and interested crafters can order her original patterns along with supplies at Rufty's Chrismon Shop here.
       Fortunately for us, there are many free patterns still available on the web for those of you who may be feeling a bit poor and deflated by all the commercial speculation and doublespeak surrounding the Spencer Chrismons. Your Christmas can still be about Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man. Just click on the links below to find both free patterns and creative ideas about decorating your very own Chrismon tree this Christmas, first designed by Roman scribes and artists who worked and lived in the early Christian church.

Free Patterns for Crafting Chrismon Ornaments:
Sample Chrismon craft projects from my family Christmas blog. I've linked to these below.
Christmas Ornament Crafts for Chrismon Trees at my Christmas blog: Most of my versions are made from paper mache, fabric, clay and wire.
  1. Craft Easy Nativity Star Ornaments
  2. Make a Vintage 1950s Popsicle Stick Angel
  3. Craft an Ornament of The Baby Jesus in His Manger
  4. A Triquetra Knot Chrismon, Cut from A Sherensnitte
  5. A Manger Scherenscnitte Pattern by Kathy Grimm
  6. Craft a Communion Cut for The Chrismon Tree
  7. Craft Tear Drop Shaped Chrismons with Shells
  8. Craft An Anchored Chrismon Cross
  9. Craft a Papier Mâché Chrismon Candle
  10. Craft a Dove Chrismon, Symbolic of The Holy Spirit
  11. Craft the Three Nails and a Fish Chrismon
  12. Craft baby Jesus in a walnut shell 
  13. Handmade Pearl Ornament
  14. Craft a beaded cross
Video by Green Hill Presbyterian Church
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