The church at I attend on a regular basis is planning a special service for the Christmas season. It is titled “Hanging of the Greens. The hanging of the greens is a Western Christian ceremony in which a congregation adorn the church with decorations. It is usually don on or directly before the start of Advent. It is a preparation for the coming Christmas celebration.
So what does it mean to the average christian? It is a start of the season celebration that is more than black Friday or cyber Monday. The is the first acknowledgement of God with us. During the Advent season we prepare for the One who has come, whom we expect to come, and who will come again. We prepare our hearts and make room for the Messiah. In the hanging of the greens we share with other Christians throughout the ages the memory and anticipation of Christ’s coming. We decorate our church with the symbols of love, joy, hope, and peace. Why do we do this? To tell the story again and then proclaim: Jesus is born. God is with us!