Hanging of the Greens
“Hanging of the Greens” refers to the practice of adding evergreen plants (live or artificial) to the congregation’s worship space. When used at Christmas, evergreens are often understood as a symbol of the eternal coming to dwell among us as Word made flesh. They may also be described as a sign of life and growth overcoming and flourishing in the midst of the dead of winter, and so of the resurrection of Christ. When hung for Advent, the symbolism of evergreens points to the unending life of the age to come when Christ returns, the dead are raised, and the righteous enter life in the new creation.