The season of Advent, which prepares us for Christmas, is closely tied to the season of Lent, which prepares us for Easter. Both seasons feature the liturgical color of purple, and both are a time of inward searching and waiting.
The tradition of the Christmas Nail is another way to tie the mystery of Christ’s birth with the salvation He won for us at Easter. This metal nail is made in the style of those believed to have pierced Jesus’ hands and feet as He was crucified. An intimate tradition, the hanging of the Christmas Nail helps Christian families remember the real meaning of Christmas. The ornament is snuggled deep within the tree, near the trunk, in a location only known by the family.