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10 Tips for Putting Christ Back in Christmas for Families

Posted by Kim Schlauch on Dec 2, 2014 3:00:00 PM

children Christmas play

Here are 10 things your family can do to celebrate and honor the real reason for the Christmas season:

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Merry Christmas.”    Let the joy of the season show in your life.  When others wish you “Happy Holidays,” gladly respond by saying “Merry Christmas.”  In uncertain situations, you can answer, “Thank you, I plan to have a Merry Christmas.  Blessings to you!”

  2. Sing Christ-centered Christmas Carols.  Listening to music is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.  As a reminder of what this season is all about, include songs in your rotation that honor Christ and celebrate His birth, such as “Joy to the World,” or “Silent Night.”

  3. Read the Nativity from the Gospels.  Stories and poems, such as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” have become popular holiday entertainment traditions during the Christmas season.  Be sure to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by reading the Nativity story from the gospels (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20) with your family.

  4. Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday.  What’s a birthday without cake?  Lighting a candle and singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus is a fun and creative way to commemorate the birth of our Savior, especially for younger children.

  5. Remember that Jesus is the Greatest Gift.  Before the chaos of the frenzied gift exchange ensues, find a way as a family to remember the real reason for the season.   As an example, when our children were young, I would wrap the baby Jesus from our manger scene in a gift box.  Before we went downstairs to open presents on Christmas morning, we would gather as a family and open the box to remind us all that Jesus was indeed the greatest gift.
    Nativity scene

  6. Donate to Charities.  During the season of giving, share Jesus’ love by giving to those in need.  Involve your children in activities such as purchasing gifts for needy children, collecting cans for a community food drive, or supporting a Christian charity. 

  7. Christian Christmas Cards.  Christmas cards are not only a way to connect with friends and family, they can serve as a great witnessing tool as well.  Consider sending cards that include a favorite Bible verse or that include artwork reminding recipients that this holiday is about celebrating the birth of Jesus.

  8. Decorate with Religious Symbols.  When decorating for Christmas, include tangible reminders of the holiday, including manger scenes, angels, and other items depicting the Nativity story that your family can look at and reflect upon.

  9. Attend Church.  In addition to worshiping regularly during the Christmas season, make it a point to attend any special seasonal services or programs your church has to offer.  Share the joy not only with your fellow community of believers, consider inviting a friend to join you as well.

  10. Give the Gift of Your Presence.  Your presence can be the best present you can give.  Make it a point to spend some quality time together with your family.  In addition, reach out to someone who may be sick or alone and remind them that they are loved.

 

 

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About the Author

Kim is the blog content manager at Liberty Christian School. She has professional experience in the fields of business and education and hands-on experience as the mother of two school-age children. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and anything chocolate.