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A Paper Crown

As we wrap up the holidays, I reflect on all my Christmases. One of my family Christmas traditions comes from my British roots, the Christmas crackers. For those not familiar with them, they are festive table decorations that make a snapping sound when pulled open, and often contain a small gift, paper crown and a joke. As far back as I can remember, we enjoyed them. And it would not be Christmas without the familiar picture of everyone sitting around the table with the colorful paper crowns on their head. I continue the tradition with my children and now my grandchildren.

I think I love the crowns from the crackers the most because of the memories of those photos. But, as a child, I also loved to pretend I was a princess. As a British subject, I love everything royal and visited the priceless crown jewels several times as a child. So, instead of the paper crown, I pretended I wore one like the queen, one made of gold and a variety of precious gems. Those silly paper crowns still bring me joy.

Paper Crown

The Lesson from the Paper Crown

This year, I looked at the Christmas crackers in a new way. I saw them in the light of my faith. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we receive the gift of salvation, something much better than the little plastic toy inside the cracker. Also, like the crackers, there are crowns for us when we reach our heavenly home. To receive these crowns, we must “pull apart” from the world and live a life pleasing to our Father. The paper crowns come in a variety of colors while the heavenly come in variety as well. Let’s look at them in more detail.

Our Heavenly Crowns

  • The Victor’s Crown – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NIV); Self-discipline requires the ability to say “no” when necessary, especially to sin. Those who exercise such discipline will receive the Victor’s crow.
  • The Crown of Rejoicing – 1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV); We receive this crown when we bring others to Christ. Those who reach out beyond themselves no matter what is happening in their own lives.
  • The Crown of Righteousness – 2 Timothy 4:8 (NIV); This crown does not go to those caught up in earthly activities. Instead, God gives it to those who long to see the face of Jesus when He comes in the clouds.
  • The Crown of Life – James 1:12 (NIV) & Revelations 2:10 (NIV); Believers who maintain their love for Christ while triumphing over persecution, temptation and even martyrdom receive this crown. Any believer who has kept the faith when it was costly and anyone who has suffered, endured, persevered and encouraged others also receives this crown.
  • The Crown of Glory – 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV); This crown is a gift to faithful shepherds of God’s people–pastors, elders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, ministry team leaders, etc.

More Lessons

As I observed the brightly colored wrapper trash from the pulled crackers, I understood that God sometimes must pull apart my life to get to the treasure hidden inside. I might already be lovely on the outside, but God understands what I can do for His kingdom, so He needs to change me and shape me on the inside for His purposes.

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And, I no longer need to pretend that I am royalty because I am the daughter of the King of heaven and that makes me a princess. And unlike the priceless crown jewels of the British monarchy, the crowns I receive someday will never tarnish or lose their value, and no one can steal them away from me.

Jesus is the Crowning Jewel

But we also must remember the crowns are not as important as Jesus as seen in Revelations 4:10-11 (NIV); “10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever.” They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Jesus is the gift and our crowns are worthless without Him.

As we put away the holiday décor and begin a new year, let us look towards Easter. We remember Jesus lay down His crowns to come down to earth as a baby on Christmas. And He reclaimed His crown when died and rose again for us on Easter. I pray the Lord blesses you abundantly in this new year of 2023.


Prayer about Crown

Heavenly Father, thank You for making all things new! As another new year begins, help me live each day for You. May I continually have a new song in my heart to sing to You, no matter what comes my way. I trust in You because I know Your mercies are new every morning, and nothing ahead of me will take You by surprise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Joan Walker Hahn, Encouragement Cafe.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. JD Wininger

    As I read your post, my mind couldn’t help but replay the words of Revelation 4:10. Oh, how I look forward to the day that I can follow their lead and lay any reward I might receive at my Savior’s feet.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      That is a beautiful verse and I too look forward to that day. Blessings my friend

  2. Melissa G. Henderson

    What a beautiful message! Thank you for encouraging us today. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Melissa. God provides some great messages to share. Blessings

  3. Jessica Brodie

    What a neat analogy — that we must “pull apart” from the world, must “crack” to get our crowns of salvation. Thank you! Happy new year, Yvonne, and God bless you. 🙂

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Happy New Year Jessica. I love the lessons God shows me in the ordinary events. Blessings

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman

    These are such encouraging words as we begin the New Year, Yvonne! Thank you for sharing this with us at this time. The Lord has much to teach us each and every year, it seems. God bless you sister!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. We does teach us so many things. And we are blessed that he is willing. Blessings

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Very welcome. Thank you for commenting. Blessings

  5. karentfriday

    So beautiful, Yvonne! And enjoyed all the crowns you mention. I pray to lay my earthly crowns at the feet of Jesus, crowned with many crowns.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It will be so amazing for all of us some day. Thanks Karen. Blessings

  6. Stephen De La Vega

    I am not familiar with the crackers as you described them, Yvonne. I love the lessons you shared about them, especially about the way God pulls apart our lives and uses our different talents and abilities for His glory. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Stephen. It was a wonderful lesson for me too. Blessings

  7. CandyceCarden

    What a wonderful devotion! Thank you. I’ve seen those pull-aparts before but never knew they were known as Christmas crackers. Love your tie-ins.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Candyce. It was a fun one to write. Blessings

  8. Annie Yorty

    Yvonne, your post makes me smile. I just made a list of these crowns and added them to my idea list to write about in the future. God is so good!

  9. Melissa McLaughlin

    What a wonderful analogy, Yvonne! The crowns in scripture have always captured me heart. Thank you for this meaningful teaching. Blessed new year!

  10. Yvonne Morgan

    Thank you Melissa. Blessed new year to you too

  11. Debbie Wilson

    Enjoyed reading your list of the various crowns. What an incentive to persevere. And Jesus is better than all the crowns!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      He is our greatest reward. Thank you Debbie. Blessings

  12. Katherine Pasour

    This sentence really made me think, “God sometimes must pull apart my life to get to the treasure hidden inside.” Those trials and challenges help reveal our hidden treasure–the treasures given to us by God that perhaps we’ve refused to recognize or aren’t yet aware of how we can use those treasures in service to Him. Thank you for this inspiring and thought provoking message. Blessings in 2023, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Katherine. I learn this lesson in my life. I pray your new year is full of blessings too.

  13. JenniferTKnight

    I am married to a Welshman so Christmas crackers have been part of our Christmas’s. I love everything you said about them and will definitely look at them differently next year.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I love them, so much tradition. God can use anything to show us lessons. Thanks Jennifer. Blessings

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