I love this season. The beautiful decorations, sipping hot chocolate with the children, holiday parties, classic movies, church events, and gifts make for a festive time of the year!
Now that my husband and I have a young family of our own, we are responsible for creating traditions that will welcome this season with purpose and anticipation.
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Pioneering your own traditions can be daunting. At the start, I was pretty overwhelmed with creating new ideas that reflected a Christmas that focused on Christ
Choosing to focus on celebrating the birth of Jesus can be exciting and full of fun activities.
Today, I’m sharing how you can make Christmas more purposeful this year:
Incorporate Christ-centered Holiday Decor
A Christmas Bible Study
Choose a time to gather together as a family or have your children read aloud, the story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-23. Discuss, and ask your children questions about what they have learned.
Give To Others
There are those who are less fortunate than we are. Participate in feeding the hungry, at a local shelter or community kitchen. Provide gifts to others through programs like Angel Tree, Compassion International, or give to those in your own community.
On Christmas Day, attend a church service
Begin your day, by preparing your heart and mind with the Word of God.
Host a Holiday Party
Express the gift of hospitality by inviting friends and family, serve them and honor Jesus.
Serve (and Think of) Others
Christmas isn’t a magical holiday for everyone, some people are dealing with not-so-good memories of the past or the loss of loved ones. Invite them over to enjoy Christmas day with your family or bake treats and deliver them. Most of all, let us keep them in prayer during this season.
Read Christ-centered Children Stories
There are several books available that tell the story of Jesus’ birth. For the last few years, we’ve been reading this one.
Creating fun projects for your children can be another way for them to learn more about the real reason for Christmas.
Play Christ-centered Christmas Music
Check your local stations or find your favorite Christian music on apps like Pandora, Itunes or Amazon Music.
Create a Special Holiday Menu
Developing a special holiday menu for this time of the year can be exciting for everyone! Enjoy, a feast in honor of the birth of King Jesus!
This is a great time to teach our children and share with others the true reason for this season! I pray these ideas will help you create a more purposeful Christmas.
How do you make Christmas more meaningful? Name one family tradition you plan to include this year?