CHRISMONS™ ornaments were originate and first made for use on the Christmas tree of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a church member. The designs are monograms of and symbols for our Lord Jesus Christ. Because these designs have been used by his followers since biblical times, they are the heritage of all Christians and serve to remind each of us regardless of denomination of the One we follow. All Chrismons™ ornaments are made in a combination of white and gold to symbolize the purity and majesty of the Son of God and the Son of Man. The Basic Series includes basic Christian theological symbols in bead work and styrofoam
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Frances Kipps Spencer was the daughter of the Rev. Michael M. and Mrs. Undine H. Kipps who spent time as missionaries in China. Mrs. Spencer inherited her mother's imagination and her father's attention to detail. After several years of making her own ornaments and perfecting her techniques, she set out to solve the problem of a Christmas Tree in a church that seems to no belong. The result was an inspired version of decoration honoring the holiness of Christ and telling the story of him ministry. The Chrismons™ Tree tradition has continued at Ascension Lutheran Church for over fifty years. Mrs. Spencer stated a tree was never finished until someone came to see it and have the story of Christ explained to them through the ornaments. Today the original ornaments are joined by gifts from around the globe. The tree is available for viewing from Mid-December through Christmas Eve with live interpreters on site to explain the tree. Groups are welcome to schedule a day-time visit by contacting the Chrismon Secretary. The original patterns and books designed by Mrs. Spencer are also available for purchase along with Cross-stitch Patters, Samuel Sparrow and the Tree of Light Children’s Book, The Chrismons™ Explanation book, Powerpoint Instrucitons on CD, and a DVD of the tree explanation.
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