What Does The Bible Say About Christmas Trees

When it comes to Christmas, the Bible might not be the first source to come to mind. The Bible doesn’t explicitly mention Christmas trees, yet there are passages in the Bible that speak to our desires to decorate trees, particularly during the holiday season. If we look closely at the passages written in the Scriptures, we can see that God has not prohibited us from celebrating his creation with such decorations.

One of the key passages about trees in the Bible is found in Genesis 2:9, which says “Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” Trees are beautiful works of God’s creation, and in the same chapter, God blesses mankind and gives us permission to use the trees and their fruit for our benefit.

It is not only the beauty of the trees that is mentioned in the Bible – there are also several instances of trees being decorated by the people of God. In the book of Nehemiah 8:15, the people hung branches of olive, Myrtle, and palm as a sign of victory and to commemorate the holy days. This is not limited to Jewish tradition; the New Testament also mentions in Colossians 2:16 the celebration of certain holy days with symbols such as wreaths and garlands. This was usually done to commemorate the events during Jesus’ life.

These passages show that the tradition of decorating trees for celebrations is not something that is forbidden or disapproved of in the Bible. In fact, it is seen as an additional way to worship God. When it comes to owning and decorating Christmas trees, there is a higher level of protection from God given to those who choose to do so. All these points to the fact that decorating trees is not a bad act, but rather is a sign of reverence and love for the Lord.

However, just as important as recognizing that decorating a tree is not a sin, it is even more important to recognize that the celebration of Christmas and Easter should not be centered on a tree or any other physical object. The true meaning of Christmas and Easter is the celebration of Christ’s birth and resurrection. This is something rooted in faith and should be celebrated with love and joy, not idolatry.

It is important to understand that there should be a distinction between having reverence for the physical objects that serve as reminders of Jesus’ birth and life and worshiping them. Ultimately, the tree should be seen as a symbol of God’s greatness, not an idol that should be worshipped. So it is perfectly alright to hang decorations and symbols that remind us about the true meaning of Christmas and Easter, but entertainment should never be used to replace religious sentiment.

Celebrating Nature

Although many people commonly associate Christmas trees with commercialism, we must also remember that a tree can also symbolize something much deeper and more spiritual – our connection to the natural world. Nature is a huge part of life, and Christmas trees, or any other decorations that involve the beauty of nature in their designs, can be a way for us to rejoice its beauty and be reminded of this connection.

God created the world as a place of beauty, abundance, and harmony. Therefore, seeing nature celebrated during the festive season can actually be an act of honoring and appreciating God’s grand design. Decorating Christmas trees with colored lights, freshly cut pine needles, and handmade ornaments can be a way of showing God that we are paying attention to His unconditional love and creative power.

We can also recognize the importance of earth’s beauty in the many passages of the Bible that speak of nature and the connection to God. Psalm 104:14 is an example, saying: “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle and vegetation for man’s labor to bring forth food from the earth.” Psalm 19:1 echoes a similar sentiment, saying: “The heavens are declaring the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

When it comes to honoring and appreciating the beauty of nature, Christmas trees can quite literally become the visual representation of these inspiring passages from the Bible. If we are mindful in choosing locally grown and sustainable trees (each type has its attractions and should be appreciated accordingly), and incorporate symbols of faith, then it is possible to create a beautiful atmosphere that is both spiritually inspiring and respectful of nature’s grand design.

The Importance of Family

Another aspect to keep in mind when considering whether or not to decorate a Christmas tree is the importance of family. One of the most wonderful aspects of Christmas is the chance to get together with our families and engage in traditions that we have carried from our childhood and passed on to our children and grandchildren. Having a Christmas tree to decorate together can bring great joy to a family, allowing us to reminisce our memories and refocus on spending quality time with each other.

The Bible speaks often of the importance of family and the need to spend time together, pray together, study the Scriptures together and rejoice in our Lord. Proverbs 12:26 says “He who is righteous has a regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel”–which speaks of the importance of caretaking, something that we should strive to do as a family in the spirit of the Lord.

Family gatherings centered around decorating a Christmas tree, sharing stories, and especially saying a prayer of thanksgiving together, can deepen connections and build a much stronger bond through fellowship. The act of delighting in each other’s company and thanking God for the blessings we received, can start the tradition of a family gathering that remains alive long after the tree is taken down.

Celebrating with a Purpose

The Bible does not explicitly state that one should or should not decorate a Christmas tree, however, it does give us some important guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to celebration. For starters, remember that the physical symbols – such as the Christmas tree – do not replace the true meaning of Christmas, which is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. We should strive to keep our focus on the true celebration, while at the same time not forgetting the more practical dimensions of life: the focus on nature and family.

Another important aspect when it comes to Christmas tree decorations is our attitude of gratitude. Whenever we decorate a Christmas tree, it should always come with a prayer of thankfulness for the blessings we’ve been given. Incorporating gratitude into the act of decorating can make the process all the more meaningful, and at the same time remind us of the true reason for the season.

Finally, we should remember to utilize the opportunity of Christmas to spread joy in the world. Lighting up the tree and giving gifts to those in need can be small acts of kindness that make the biggest difference during the winter season. The Bible urges us to “do good and to share, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16). So, if decorating a tree brings us joy and brings joy to our families, it’s a beautiful thing to be celebrated with intentional joy and purpose.

Never Losing Sight of the Reason for the Season

Decorating a Christmas tree should always be a reminder of God’s common grace and unconditional love. It should be an act of appreciation for the beauty of nature, an opportunity for family gatherings, and a way for us to express thankfulness for our blessings. Shifting the focus away from commercial stores and towards the reason for the season might be especially beneficial during the Christmas season.

More often than not, holidays are packed with activities that can easily break our focus on the bigger picture. Any type of holiday decorations should always be done in a spirit of love and thankfulness. Trees can be helpful in reminding us of the need to give thanks and to celebrate God’s mercy and provision. And if you are sure to keep these points in mind while decorating your Christmas tree, it is an act of joy and beauty that should be celebrated with purpose, in pursuit of honoring Jesus the Christ.

A Meaningful Tradition

Each and every family has its own unique way of celebrating Christmas, and for many, a Christmas tree is part of that unique process. Bringing together decoration items may bring or remind us of a precious memory or memory of a time spent with our loved ones. Christmas is all about special moments spent with family and friends, and celebrating together around the tree can bring us all together in a meaningful way.

Not only can Christmas trees bring together a special moment, but it’s also a way of reinforcing our family traditions, customs and beliefs. Making ornaments for the tree, for example, is a meaningful tradition that can be passed down from generation to generation. Decorations and ornaments can also bring special meaning to a family. Adding these special items to the tree can be just as meaningful as decorating with lights and tinsel because they represent a comfort that comes with tradition and familiarity.

Christmas trees can be very meaningful in our lives. Many families choose to set up trees with Christmas lights, ornaments, homemade decorations, and religious symbols that speak to their personal faith or dreams for a brighter future. Whether we are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or even Atheist, Christmas trees can be a powerful symbol of faith, family, and tradition that can bring us closer together and provide a reminder of the miracles that happen in our lives.


The Bible doesn’t give us a strict commandment on how to celebrate Christmas, although it does provide us with certain guidelines that we can follow while performing certain activities. Decorating a Christmas tree is a special and meaningful part of the holiday season and there are some key aspects to keep in mind when preparing one. We should strive to recognize the beauty of nature, focus on the importance of family, be grateful for the blessings we receive, and, most importantly, always remember the reason for the season.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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