The flag of Christmas, Alaska.
Flag of the Order of Beneficent Beings (OBB).
This flag is flown next to the flag of The Way in Christmas, Alaska.
Why blue and green? No one is quite sure but the generally accepted explanation follows.
Blue signifies sky, water, the spiritual, God.
Green signifies the earth, land, people.
Blue has precedence, it should inform our actions on earth.
(N.B. Most authorities regard OBB as mythical at best and possibly a recent creation.)
Flag of Christmas, Alaska and The Way.
Who designed the flag? Designer unknown but possibly Professor Judith Pascal. It is based on the flag of the first city visited on The Way, Magadan, but the colors are changed to match those of OBB.
What does it signify? There are a variety of explanations.
1. At its simplest level it depicts reindeer (representing The Way ) travelling around the earth on Christmas eve on their journey of love/compassion.
2. At a deeper level it is believed that the green represents both earth and sea,that is - the material and purely human elements of our being. The blue represents the spiritual. The yellow reindeer is ourselves. We have, temporarily, leapt from our earthly life into the realm of the spiritual.
3. Some say it represents the individuals search for, and journey towards, God. The key to that journey is compassion/love.
4. Others say that The Way is a representation of the Trinity. Father Christmas, the only human on board, (meaning ourselves) is a person on a journey. The elves, who brought the sledge into being and by their constant care and attention keep it in being, represent the Father. The reindeer, who power and guide the sledge, are the son. The gnomes, out of sight in the hold but pouring out gifts (grace), represent the Spirit.
5. It may even represent the entire Christian church. Just as the teams on The Way can be bitter rivals, so can the many Christian denominations. Yet they all obey the same Astral Navigator - Jesus Christ; and are all travelling to the same place - Heaven.