Every year I vow that this will be the year that we stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas. I say that THIS year we won’t get wrapped up in all the presents, the shopping, the parties, and all the bustle that this holiday brings with it. It’s hard to balance our obligations with our need to rest and take in Advent. We are taking a longer vacation from school this year, I’m determined to find some Sabbath in this season. If you are looking for ways to have a meaningful Christmas, I am sharing some of the ways that we have done this over the years. Choose one or two and see if a new tradition can be born in your home.
1. Recreate the Christmas Story
We do this in different ways every year. Sometimes they dress up themselves and act out the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke, or sometimes they use our nativity scene, (we love our Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story ) and they act out the story. It’s always more fun when they film it and play it back.
2. Go to a Church Christmas Program
Our church has a Christmas Production every year, and we are blessed to live in an area where we have many to choose from. I love starting the season off right by being reminded that Jesus is what it’s all about.
3. Bake cookies
Whip up some cookies and deliver them to your neighbors with a Christmas note, and invite them to your Church’s Christmas service.
4. Pick an Advent Devotional to read through as a family.
I absolutely LOVE this series by Arnold Ytreeide, and our children love them just as much. They beg for us to read another chapter every night. Start from the beginning of the series with Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent
5. Sing Christmas Carols
Pick an evening before you put the children to bed and light up a room with candles and turn off all the lights. Choose your favorite Christmas Carols and sing together as a family.
6. Have a Movie night
Pick a movie such as The Nativity Story and snuggle up with some popcorn and snacks together.
7. Have a birthday party for Jesus
Every year we get together to with friends and family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and celebrate Jesus’ birth with cake and fellowship.
8. Go shopping together as a family
Choose a child or family who is in need and go together to pick out gifts for them. Pray for them as you are wrapping them.
9. Get a Group of friends together to go Christmas Caroling.
Make it a fun night by having coco and coffee. You can pass out candy canes to people you meet.
10. Go on a store or mall scavenger hunt
Look for signs of Jesus. Will you find signs of Him among the other distractions? Make up your own or use this free printable.
What traditions do you have in the Advent Season to keep the Christ in Christmas?
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