We have a tradition of giving our children Christmas ornaments that reflect the meaning of their names. There are stars for Hope, because the Star of Bethlehem gave hope of the Anointed One, the Savior, to the Magi.
There are angels for Sydney. Although we didn't name Sydney purposely after St. Denis, because her name comes from the French for St. Denis, a third century martyr and bishop of Paris, we decided to give her angels. St. Denis was a missionary to pagan Gaul, announcing the good news of Jesus, just as the angels announced the good news to the shepherds.
Lane receives cross ornaments, reminding him of the eternal life given to him by Jesus through His death on the cross. Lane's name, of course, means "narrow road," and Scripture tells us that the road to eternal life is a narrow one, with few who take it.
We give Tobias bells. His name comes from the Hebrew for "The LORD is good," and bells are rung in praise of a Savior, for He is good.
This is Lydia's first Christmas and she is getting her first ornament, a pineapple. Lydia is named for the biblical Lydia, who not only put her faith in Jesus, but opened her home in hospitality to the other believers in Philippi. Pineapples are traditionally a symbol of hospitality.
Special thanks to my friend Jane, who is an expert basket weaver. Jane invited me to her workshop and taught me to make Sydney's angel, Toby's bell, and Hope's star. She handmade Lydia's pineapple and Lane's cross for me. Thank you so much, Jane! I had a marvelous time and these ornaments are beautiful and special.