The markings on the shell of the sand dollar symbolize the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The bottom of the sand dollar bears the outlines of a Christmas poinsettia and bell. On the top side of the shell, a five-pointed star representing the Star of Bethlehem is surrounded by the outline of an Easter lily. The five narrow openings in the shell symbolize the four nail holes and spear would made in the body of Christ during the crucifixion. When a shell is broken, five doves of peace are found inside, signifying the goodwill and peace sung by the angels the first Christmas morning.