Chrismons Tree viewing
During these times of COVID-19, the Chrismons committee at Ascension has had to get very creative. 
Our Advent/Christmas tradition will indeed continue in 2020 with a Chrismons tree. However, it will be on display outside under the cross/steeple. 
The live cedar tree will have all new, weather safe Chrismons. 
Our 2020 tree will be inspired by the first Chrismons tree at Ascension collaborated by Frances Spencer in 1957.
The tree will be ready for visitors Sunday, December 13 & continue through January 2.  As always, the viewing is free to the public.
There are no reservations required. 
We welcome you to come see this wonderful tradition continue in hopes that it will stir in your heart what the Chrismons ministry set out to do back in 1957.

Chrismons Patterns


The original patterns and books designed by Mrs. Spencer are also available for purchase along with

  • Cross-stitch Patterns
  • Samuel Sparrow and the Tree of Light Children's Book
  • The Chrismonstm Explanation Book.

Visit our online store.



Chrismonstm Ornaments were originated and first made for use on the Christmas tree of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a church member.  The designs were monograms of and symbols for our Lord Jesus Christ.  Because these designs have been used by his followers since biblical times, they are the heritage of all Christians and serve to remind each of us regardless of denomination of the One we follow.  All Chrismonstm Ornaments are made in a combination of white and gold to symbolize the purity and majesty of the Son of God and the Son of Man.

The Chrismonstm Tree tradition has continued at Ascension Lutheran Church for over fifty years.  Mrs. Spencer stated a tree was never finished until someone came to see it and have the story of Christ explained to them through the ornaments.  Today the original ornaments are joined by gifts from around the globe.

Kate Albright
Chrismons™ chairman