Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chrismon Tree

Hello, Dear Ones. I'm running behind on my home Christmas decorating but wanted to share with you a beautifully decorated tree at my church. This tree is called a Chrismon Tree.

Isn't it lovely? The decorations are all cut from paper using the olden craft of Scherenschnitte which is German and means Scissor cuts. A lady from my church made all of these beautiful decorations and shared them with us this year. I have seen these decorations in embroidery or needlepoint also.

I'm sure a lot of you have seen these decorations before but for those of you who aren't familiar with them, I'll tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell little stories.

The practice of Chrismon decorations began around the 1940s. The word "Chrismon" is a combination of two words - Christ and monogram. So Chrismon decorations are symbols or monograms about Jesus our Savior and the true meaning of Christmas.

Aren't these decorations beautiful? Some are really small and my friend cut each little piece using very small, very sharp scissors. She said she would tell those of us who want to learn how to do this. I'm raising my most dainty hand! I would love to be able to do this, wouldn't you?

There are some beautiful scriptures printed out from the computer and added to the tree.

How do you like the tree skirt? It's a bunch of magnolia leaves. I love it, do you? I forgot to mention, along with the bow as the topper of the tree is a crown of thorns.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my church's Chrismon Tree and will keep Jesus Christ in the center of your Christmas this year. I love you all so much and appreciate your visits and comments.

You are all a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Mary, Did You Know

Mary did you know
that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know
that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered,
will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know
that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know
that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby,
you have kissed the face of God.

The blind will see, the deaf will hear
and the dead will live again.

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak,
the praises of the lamb.

Mary did you know
that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know
that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know
that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am
~ sung by Mark Lowrey


  1. Beautiful Chrismon Tree! I love, love it! Thanks Shelia for stopping by my blog.

    Adin B

  2. Shelia,
    Love the Chrismon tree. It's lovely with the Christmas message that we all need to hear.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. The lady that cut all these out is blessed....they are beautiful. Trish

  4. I have seen this art and what a shame that it is not seen more often. The work is rewarding..most definitely. I raise my chubby hand as well because this is something I would love to learn myself.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Deanna :D

  5. Oh, Sheila, what a stunning tree! Your friend is very talented. I love the song you shared too. It's my favourite 'new' song!
    My little granddaughter arrived last Saturday. She was due on Christmas Eve but I guess she didn't want to miss out on any of the festivities. Like you, we too live a far distance away from her! She's a darling but I won't actually get to hold her until Springtime when we are hoping to fly out to the west coast. We live on the east coast. At least she's here safe and sound! Have a lovely week.

    Christmas blessings,

  6. This is my first introduction to Chrismon ornaments. I love the thought behind it. One lady cut all of these? I wonder how long it took her. Please do share your's if you decide to do it.

  7. Sheila...thank you for sharing this tree (I too am behind at decorating my home). I am obsessed with Scherenschnitte and want to try my hand at it very soon. I have purchased a couple books. I love the old world look to this wonderful craft. This tree is the most gorgeous I've EVER seen. I love that it represents the GIFT we were all given at CHRISTmas!


  8. I saw this done in a christmas article in M.E.magazine.I would love to be able to cut like that.Amazing and beautiful.

  9. Dear Shelia, what a beautiful tree and story behind it. I would like to be able to learn this craft. What a kind generous soul she has. I love that song me goosebumps whenever I hear it. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

  10. G'day Shelia ~ Had not heard of this tradition for Christ. What a gorgeous tree so beautifully decorated ... & the scripture tucked upon it.

    She's a sweetie to share her talent with you & your dainty hands.

    Wish our church had a tradition to carry on like this. Just a beautiful share, & TYSM, Shelia.

    Have a lovely Christmas week ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Amazing work, just amazing! What a talented artist to be able to create so much detail with scissors.

  12. That tree is beautiful Shelia and the ornaments show us so much talent. Thank you for sharing this with us, Char

  13. The detail in each ornament is extraordinary. It would take me at least a few minutes to take it all in. I also like the banners with the verses on them.

  14. That is beautiful! I would love to learn how to do it! So you learn, then teach us, ok?

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty.. It's absolutely lovely. I love scherenschnitte. so delicate. Jesus is the reason for the season.

  16. a remarkable reminder that even our trees at this time of year can pay homage to the King :)

    lovely ~!

  17. How beautiful...I just keep saying out loud..OH!!!!!!!! I use to do scherenschnitte in my younger years...I still have books...and this made we want to pull them back out, but now I would have to wear magnifying glasses.
    I didn't know the history you shared, how beautiful...thanks for the lesson.
    The song...well one of my favorites!!

  18. Totally enjoyed this post, I have never seen these before. SHE has so much talent. Each one is a work of art, My eyes were dancing all over this tree. What a gift it would be, to be able to sit and just watch her create these. Watch God's gifted hands at work.


  19. How very interesting, Shelia. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful meaning tree. Just lovely and great reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.

  20. That tree is fabulous...and yes, please learn....I would love to have ONE piece framed since I am of German descent.

  21. All I can say is "wow", that is amazing! Truly art, how nice that she made all of them for the church-enjoy:@)

  22. OMG, that is the most beautiful tree! Love the leaves at the bottom!

  23. Shelia, that is absolutely amazing! What an incredibly talented and PATIENT woman to design and cut all of those out. I think the magnolia leaves are gorgeous too and that is such a clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing this with us and infusing your blog with the truth of why we celebrate Christmas! :-)

  24. Sheila, What a lovely tree at your church. The paper cut ornaments are beautiful! So delicate and unique. ~ Susie

  25. We have a Chrismon tree at our church, too; but not has intricate as yours. That is one beautiful tree!! Sally

  26. This art is amazing and you better learn it. I love "Mary did you know" and my kiddo played in her college piano recital on Sunday.

  27. Hi Shelia,
    Thanks for sharing the lovely Chrismon tree and the story behind it. I would imagine that it takes a great deal of patience and skill to cut out the images so precisely.

    I also love the banners and the use of florals as a tree skirt.


  28. Shelia, this is such a lost art. The tree is amazing. There is sure a lot of talent in cutting all those beautiful pieces.
    hugs ~lynne~

  29. Wow! That is just amazing! What beautiful work she does. Thanks for sharing Sheila, this is so cool!

  30. What beautiful works of art -- I hope you'll teach us after you learn how to do this -- I've always loved scissor cuts. Can't wait to see yours.

  31. That is gorgeous...such a neat art form! :D

  32. Thanks so much for sharing, Sheila, I had never heard of a Chrismon tree before. This lady is very gifted. I hope you give it a try as well.


  33. This tree is beautiful!


  34. Thanks for sharing, Shelia. This is a piece of art. All the paper cuttings are so beautiful and so artistically done. And no, I did not get a new camera, still using the one I have been using for the last 2 to 3 years....Christine

  35. Oh my goodness, that tree is stunning! I have never seen one like it before. Thanks for sharing!

  36. That's one of my favorite songs! I love the tree. What a gift of patience and talent your friend has to be able to create such stunningly beautiful paper ornaments. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  37. Just beautiful Sheila, I've seen this type of artwork before and the intricacy of designs has always amazed me!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Warm wishes!

  38. Beautiful my friend. Whenever I visit you I come away in awe...

    And the favorite.

    Love to you and Merry Christmas~


  39. Shelia, these ornaments are beautiful. I have never see a tree done in them. I would never have the patience to do them. Have a great Christmas. Kathy

  40. Love that tree and those ornaments! I am always impressed with how that paper turns out, amazing!

  41. An Exceptional tree! I love it...I have never seen anything quite like it. You have such decorating skill...and that is just for openers!

  42. Such gorgeous work! Incredible detail. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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