What Is a Hanging of the Green Service?

What Is a Hanging of the Green Service?

Hanging of the Greens is an advent service that includes greenery, Christmas carols and readings about each type of greenery. Cedar stands for royalty, fir and pine are for eternal life, holly represents the death of Christ, and ivy represents the resurrection of Christ.

The service typically allows participation by everyone present, including children. Some elements of decorating occur ahead of time, such as setting up the tree and placing the lights. Several individuals may participate in reading parts and working as leaders.

Churches may choose to include the Hanging of the Greens in a regular service or schedule it separately. Planning, placing greenery in order and rehearsals may help the service run smoothly.