The Christmas season is a hurried one.
This year, I want to slow down. I want to take in the Savior.
This year (and every year) I want to celebrate Jesus – His birth and the anticipation of His return.
Do you anticipate when He’ll come again? Some days do you watch for Him? Do you ever wonder what that day will be like when you (if you know Him) are with Him? How amazing that day will be for those who call Him Lord!
What are we passing onto our children? Are we passing on the hustle and bustle of the season – gifts, shopping, Santa Claus (indecently, our family doesn’t celebrate the tradition of Santa Claus – you can read why here)? Or are we passing on something greater…something lasting…something worth celebrating?
This year I intend on teaching my children about God’s promise and His faithfulness by using a service oriented advent calendar and a Jesse tree.
Most advent calendars that I am aware of do nothing more than count down the days to Christmas while enjoying a treat of some sort. I wanted something more. Then I read Ann’s post, What Jesus Wants For Christmas, where her son asks her, “What does Jesus get for His birthday?” Do we offer Him more than a cake on Christmas day? What are we giving Him?
Our advent calendar is a countdown to the birth of Christ by giving to Him what He desires.
“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:39-41
Here is what we will be doing for Jesus this year:
Day 25: Celebrate Jesus!
We will also be giving our children a gold coin candy and teaching them this verse:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Our Jesse Tree
A Jesse Tree is another advent activity. An ornament is hung from the tree each day. It’s simple, isn’t it? I kind of like it like that. A few sticks gathered by little hands put in a simple vase, yet holding a powerful message. A message of hope, of promise, of faithfulness.
by Sarah Mae