Journey to the Manger: Heavenly Hosts

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

The Heavenly hosts filled the skies today in our Journey to the Manger.

After one angel came forward to proclaim that Christ the Lord had been born, the darkness was overtaken with the armies of heaven praising God. Gloria in excelsis deo echoed across the fields, and for a moment, humanity was given a glimpse of pure worship.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

– Luke 2:13-14

The long-awaited Messiah had arrived, and the angels couldn’t contain their joy!

Heavenly Hosts

Heavenly Hosts

We finished our project we began on Day 5 of our Journey to the Manger, when we learned about the prophet Zechariah. We created angels with the toilet paper skirts, and added pipe cleaners for the bodies and wings, as well as bells, beads and sequins. Now, they are proudly displayed on our entertainment center to remind us of how the angels worshiped God at Christmas.

The angels understood the history altering significance of God made flesh, leaving heaven’s glory to be laid gently in a feeding trough. God loved mankind so much, He sent His own Son to save them.

The joy of Heaven coming to earth is what lit up the sky that night, and continues to light up our lives today. Jesus is absolutely worthy of our worship, our adoration and our praise!

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Christmas Countdown Day 22: Sing-off

Our Advent Scripture for Day 22 is Matthew 1:18-25.

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

See, the virgin will become pregnant
and give birth to a son,
and they will name Him Immanuel,
which is translated “God is with us.”

When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.

During our Christmas carol singing, Lauren held her little Bible like a songbook.

During our Christmas carol singing, Lauren held her little Bible like a songbook.

Tonight, our family activity was a Christmas carol sing-off. We each took turns choosing a Christmas song and then sang it together. Lauren chose “O Christmas Tree,” which wasn’t a surprise since she sings it all day long, making up new words every time. Jackson started “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” The best moment was when Matt started singing “Feliz Navidad,” and the sing-off became a dance party. I couldn’t begin to describe in words his crazy dance moves, but the kids loved it! We mixed in many other treasured Christmas songs, and ended with a kicked-up version of “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

Jackson and his marshmallow snowman

Jackson and his marshmallow snowman

Then, we made snowmen, with toothpicks and marshmallows. It was an incredible act of discipline for Lauren to not immediately eat her snowman, but she managed to hold out!

Lauren eyeing her marshmallow snowman

Lauren eyeing her marshmallow snowman

It is incredible to think that Christmas is in three days! Two more special Christmas Countdown activities remain. May God richly bless you these next few days as you anticipate celebrating the birth of our Savior!