Hallmark created this ornament a few years ago. I'm featuring it here today, in honor of the Feast of the Holy Family on December 30.
Two things immediately jump to mind when looking at this ornament. First of all, it is very similar to the well known sculpture "A Quiet Moment" by Timothy P. Schmalz. (www.sculpturebytps.com) Both are similar in the round circle composition, the materials used and the portrayal of the family as an inter-generational circle of love. Its really a beautiful statue, full of love and tenderness. Which brings me to the second point - the question of belonging, of being at home.
Star of David
To me, this ornament represents the completion of the covenants. In the Old Testament, God worked with his people over many generations and many thousands of years, preparing them for the coming of the Messiah by giving them covenants. Yes, it is true that there were many covenants because the people kept breaking them, but that's not anything new still today!
This symbol, the Star of David, represents God's dominion over everything. Each of the tips of the star point to a different area - north, south, east, west, up and down - all of the physical world. Yet the snowflake in the middle of this star takes that understanding one step further - into inner space. It represents the coming of the New, Final, and Eternal Covenant with Jesus Christ.
Season of Miracles
This is one of my favorite ornaments from this year. I love its simplicity. Just 2 dominant colors, gold and royal blue, inset into the background color, white. One shape, the interlocking triangles, repeated 4 times. It's not flashy or over the top. It just is what it is. It owns it's own presence, so to speak.
And after all, isn't that the true meaning of simplicity? The word "simplicity" can be referred to in 2 other words - natural and honest. No subterfuge. No hidden agenda. No secrets or dishonesty.
Feast of Dedication
This ornament is called the Feast of Dedication, also known as the Festival of Hanakkah. This Jewish festival is also called the Festival of Lights, so how appropriate that when this ornament is placed in the light, the tips of the candles look as though they are lit! Another visual teaching element to this ornament are the branches and the roots. They remind us, and the Jewish people, that our faith has been handed on to us by many witnesses and previous generations. The branches are above the blue Star of David, referring to those alive today, carrying on the tradition, while the roots under the star point to those who went before. Nevertheless, all are connected through the same faith.
Although it is fairly obvious why this day is called the Festival of Lights, since the centerpiece of the 8 days includes the ritual lighting of the menorah, why is it also referred to as the Feast of Dedication? In fact, the Hebrew word "Hanakkah" or "Chanukah" translates to "dedication," signifying the importance of the dedication.
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