I love this season. The beautiful decorations, sipping hot chocolate with the kids, holiday parties, classic movies, church events, and gifts all 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 anticipation.
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To be honest, pioneering your own traditions can be daunting. At the start, I was pretty overwhelmed with coming up with new ideas that reflected a Christmas focused on Christ.
I was used to the overabundance of holiday activities and decor available for my pleasure and convenience; but now, we’ve decided to become deliberate about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
You may be considering this as well.
Today, I’m sharing how you can make Christmas more meaningful this year:
1. Incorporate Christ-centered holiday decorations. Our family favorite, is this kid-friendly nativity scene . You can also include an Advent calendar (its not too late!), a wall art decal or window display
2. A 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.
3. 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, Operation Christmas Child and Compassion International to name a few, or give those in your own community.
4. On Christmas Day, attend a church service. Begin your day, by preparing your heart and mind with the Word of God.
5. Host a holiday party. Express the gift of hospitality by inviting friends and family, serve them and honor Jesus.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Make Crafts. Creating fun projects for your children can be another way for them to learn more about Christmas.
9. Play Christmas music that focuses on Christ. Check your local stations or find your favorite Christian music on apps like Pandora, ITunes or Amazon Music.
10. Create a special holiday menu. Developing a specific holiday menu for this time of the year, can be exciting for everyone! For example, Christmas cookies with the kids, honey baked ham, Red Velvet Cake, fudge, French toast, etc. Enjoy, a feast in honor of the birth of King Jesus!
I pray these ideas will help you create a more purposeful holiday.
How do you make Christmas more meaningful? Name one family tradition you plan to include this year?