A Popsicle Stick Christmas

How are you remembering Advent—Christ’s coming into the world—this Christmas season? Every day during the month of December, join us here to learn a little about the songs of Christmas. Follow along with us as we experience The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and open the door to wonder.

I don’t know about you, but not much makes me leap. As I studied today’s reading, I couldn’t help but consider what could ever be so exciting that I would jump in the air.

Maybe a spider that crawls its way out of the Christmas decorations that have been stowed in the basement all year. But that’s about it.

But as we see in Elizabeth’s song, there certainly is more for which to leap.

“Behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44).

Baby John (who grew up to become John the Baptist) was leaping for joy because of what God was doing through Mary—bringing forth Jesus Christ, the Messiah. “Darkness was turning to light,” Nancy writes. “Death was being brought to life. Despair was being turned into hope. . . . The great and glorious God, before whom angels covered their faces, was coming to earth as a Man.”

That’s something, friends, that we can all leap about all year long, not just at Christmastime. The joy that we find in the birth of Christ is a joy that can carry us through a busy season to wonder and marvel at the redeeming work of God through Jesus Christ.

Advent Blessing Jar

We’ve all seen Advent calendars, but have you ever seen an Advent blessing jar? Create one of these jars to help you and your family remember the ways God has blessed you and the ways you can bless others this season. It’s easy! All you need are some popsicle sticks and a Mason jar.

You can find the full instructions at Thirty Handmade Days, but here is a modified version of the project:

  1. Choose an organization or ministry that accepts donations. Pick one that is meaningful to you and your family. Maybe it’s your church, maybe it’s a para-church ministry. You decide!
  2. Write the ways God has blessed your family on the popsicle sticks—one per stick per day—and place them in the jar.
  3. Each day during the Advent season, pull out one popsicle stick and read the blessing. Place an amount of money (you decide!) that corresponds with the day of Advent in the Mason jar. For example, on day twenty, put twenty of whatever denomination you choose in the jar.
  4. Count your blessings, and at the end of Advent, bless your chosen organization with the blessing money you’ve collected.

This is a great way to remember all the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Approach this season with gratitude for all Jesus Christ has done.

Searching for more ways to make this Christmas a meaningful one? Check out these Revive Our Hearts programs entitled “Making Christmas More Meaningful.” How do you create a sense of wonder, gratitude, and worship during the Christmas season?

About the Author

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews is a pastor's wife and preschool aide. She also serves as the women's ministry director and an elementary Sunday school teacher at the Midwest church her husband pastors. She loves reading a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and her husband and cat by her side.

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