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Chrismon Tree a holiday fixture at Westville Christian

} The Chrismon Tree has been a fixture at Westville Christian Church in Mathews for at least 15 years.

Church member Sue Freeman said that every woman in the Christian Women’s Fellowship created at least one ornament to decorate the tree many years ago, and they have been in use ever since.

According to a church pamphlet, Chrismon is a combination of Christ plus monogram, with the ornaments representing Biblical symbols. 

Made only in white and gold, with the white representing Christ’s purity and innocence and the gold his deity, the religious ornaments signify various aspects of Christian life, from the cross and the fish to the star and the manger. The evergreen tree represents eternity, while the lights represent “Jesus, the light of the world.” 

In addition to the many beaded ornaments, there is a collection of angels crocheted by the late Norma Ashburn, said Freeman. They are used to raise money for the Nellie Callis Scholarship Fund to prov...

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