Every year after Thanksgiving, FUMCFW kicks off the holidays with the decorating of our Chrismon tree in the Narthex. Tracing a centuries-old tradition, Chrismons are a variety of Christian symbols used to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ. (The words “Christ” and “monogram” are combined to form Chrismon.) Our own 15-foot Chrismon tree celebrates the birth of Jesus with more than 600 Christian monograms that were handmade by volunteers from our congregation. All ages of members crafted these lovely gifts, so the Chrismon tree is a product of our whole church.
Since 2009, a faithful committee of volunteers have come together to decorate our Chrismon tree to honor both this great Christian tradition and our own First Church family members whose handmade Chrismons adorn this enormous tree. Rev. Chuck Graff and our committee members invite you to stop by and admire our Chrismon tree and all of its precious symbols as we begin our celebration of the Advent season made possible by the love and commitment of those who created and maintain this beautiful FUMCFW tradition.
We did it — the Chrismon Tree is up again and looks great! Many thanks to the Chrismon crew who erected and decorated the tree. And special thanks to Vance and Jerry, along with Windle and the staff, whose dedicated efforts are essential to the success of this project. The tree is particularly appreciated by all of the congregation and guests and the backdrop of countless photos sent to family members. Again, thanks to all who contributed. Your efforts are appreciated by more persons than you realize.
Wishing you and yours a great holiday season,
Ann & Wayne Maddox