Oct 15

What’s a Chrismon? A free devotional for youth and adults might help explain…

Yes… I know it is still early to be thinking of Christmas… BUT, I want to make sure to get these materials into your hands well in advance so you can be prepared for the Christmas season and know about some of the fun plans we have for the children of Intermountain.

A Chrismon is a type of symbol. Chrismons, or “Christ Monograms” are all hung on a tree, the Chrismon Tree. The tree itself is also a symbol for the Christmas season, a reminder of the truths we celebrate as we recall Jesus’ birth. Many churches use the Chrismon Tree as a way of reminding their congregations about the truths celebrated this coming holiday season.

We are used to seeing symbols each day and recognizing their power for interpreting a great deal with relative simplicity. For instance, we have just concluded a series in chapel times on road signs and how the “message” they convey connects with certain spiritual truths. This introduction to the power of signs and symbols will lead right into lessons based on the Chrismon symbols and the children’s opportunity to make some of their own!

Why have the children make Chrismons? Well, for the first time ever, this year’s Festival of Trees will have a Chaplain’s Tree. The children of Intermountain’s residential program will be making ornaments for the tree that tie into the spiritual reason for the season—they will be creating Chrismons. The children will participate in creating ornaments that will hand on the tree. In addition, all around the tree will be elements that highlight the significance of the spiritual and cultural education that occur through the chaplain’s program.

As we explore the Chrismons together this coming Christmas season, my prayer is that you delve deep into the love God has for you in Jesus Christ. May these devotions warm your heart and feed your soul! Know, too, that in working through these symbols you are connected with other supporters of Intermountain and the children of the Residential program in Helena, Montana. We will all be covering “the same ground” as we walk together towards Christmas morning, in the eternal ways of God, our heavenly Father.


Chaplain Chris Haughee