Christ-Centered Christmas Decoration (simple and inexpensive)

We are always on the look-out for simple Christmas decorations that give honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. A number of years ago Dad created a cross for the front of our house, and this year we added some lights to it so that it is illuminated at night.

It is a very easy-to-make, beautiful, and inexpensive Christmas decoration.

This is what the wreath looks like during the day.
This is what the cross looks like during the day. And I really like the way it looks at night!
And this is the way that it looks at night.
Here is the garland-cross at night.

When Dad made the cross, he used:

  • Two dowels
  • A garland
  • Several bows
  • And some wire
Here is the back of the wreath.
Here is the back of the wreath with the wire on the ground next to it. The wire had a handwritten price tag on it: $.99
This is the end of one of the dowels and also happens to be where the string of lights ends.
This is the end of one of the dowels and also happens to be where the string of lights ends.

A few years ago Dad shared some of our interior Christmas decorations (which also included a photo of the outside cross), and Mom wrote a Mom’s Corner about Christmas Decorations as well.

“A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:32)

7 thoughts on “Christ-Centered Christmas Decoration (simple and inexpensive)”

  1. What a GORGEOUS cross! I was looking for something to adorn our front door. I think I found it here today! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for posting these instructions. I am currently reading the Moody books to our younger children (our older ones enjoyed them when they first came out) – and we are just about finished with Winter. Our six year old really wanted to make a cross for our door like Mitch and Max’s. He tried to describe it to his older brother to get some help. It was so cute to hear him telling about the Moody’s cross on their door! I assumed the Maxwell’s probably had one just like it! 🙂 Hopefully, the M.’s will too in a few days! Thanks.

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing – I’ll be bookmarking this idea for future reference. :^)

  4. Thank you for the idea. I remember reading this at your previous blog. My family do not celebrate this holiday but my husband side does…its good to read about other’s culture and custom and thanks for some pointers.

  5. I love your outdoor Cross! What a beautiful reminder of the REAl reason to everyone who passes by your home!

    This year, my dh decided to build an 8 foot “Christmas Cross” to use in our living room (he used the large square timbers). We wrapped it in garland and lights and it is a beautiful reminder to our family and our visitors of the reason for the birth of Christ.

    Merry Christmas, and may the Lord bless your family!

  6. I will be changing our Christmas decor next year. Our oldest son (3 1/2 yr old) when asked what is Christmas about responded, “Snowman.” My heart dropped like a crystal bowl and shattered. We have nativities and Christ-centered ornaments, etc. but apparently there is just enough snowmen, etc. to confuse the little one. Thank you for sharing, I think I’ll start now looking since as you mentioned it is so hard to find Christ-centered decorations. I think I’m going to implement this into our year-round decor as well. Again, thank you for sharing.

    PS-the loaves of bread you hand out when carolling look delicious do you have the recipe posted somewhere?

    Dear Mrs. Jennifer,
    I’m sorry about the situation with your little boy. I’m sure the Lord will give you ideas for what to do with the decorating! The cinnamon bread recipe I posted on our Cookbook forum. Here’s the link to the post:

    Blessings, Sarah

  7. I love, love, love this idea. I’ve been shopping for Christ centered decorations and it’s so sad that there’s hardly anything out there that reflects the true reason for the season – our beautiful Savior’s birth. This is just what I’ve been looking for! Have a very Merry CHRISTmas!!!

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