The symbolism of the Christmas colors Red and Green

In the same way that Christmas contains a deeper spiritual message within the various external traditions of gift giving, festive meals, eggnog, roasting chestnuts and decorations, so do the colors “green” and “red.”

The color green represents the sprouting of new spiritual thoughts in our mind. Green is the color of the plant kingdom, which emerges from the dead of winter, as the light of the spring sun gets stronger. Similarly, new thoughts arise in our minds as we celebrate the Lord’s Advent of new “light” coming into the world.

Red symbolizes love. New spiritual thoughts need love’s warmth to continue to grow (just like plants also need the sun’s vernal heat). So the colors green and red symbolize the birth of new spiritual activity in our minds and hearts, as we worship the birth of the baby Jesus in the world.

Indeed, this miraculous birth gains deeper meaning if we allow the Lord to be born within our hearts and minds. This is what we do when we follow the Lord’s teachings. Christmas is a game-changer.

The Lord’s birth represents our rebirth.

That fact that we use “red” and “green” for the colors of Christmas is no accident. It is the result of angelic and heavenly influences that flow down into the instinctive operations of the human mind.

So have a very merry (and deeper) Christmas!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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