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The Christmas season is a time for peace and joy to fill our homes, but often the chaos and stress of the holidays overwhelm and leave us unable to focus on what truly matters. Unfortunately, it is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism that is all around us.

Being a mom of three has helped me understand just how important it is that we teach our children to understand and love celebrating the birth of our Savior. We want to make our homes a place where our families can feel the joy of Christmas.

This week, I’ve pulled together some of my FAVORITE Christ-Centered Christmas Activites and Countdowns that will help you and your family do just that. And am sharing them with you, right now!

Family Friendly crafts, activities, and countdowns to help you and your family cultivate a Christ-Centered Christmas Celebration. http://www.lotanner.com/christ-centered-christmas @mrslotanner

5 Awesome Ways to Keep Christ At The Center of Your Christmas Celebration

1 | Use the Bible to teach them about the birth and life of Jesus.

Our kids are never too young to learn from the Bible and taking them back to the original first Christmas is the perfect way to introduce them to what Christmas is really about. In our home starting December 1st, we began reading about the birth and life of Christ according to the gospel of Luke. We read one chapter together each night, usually during dinner when the kid’s mouths are otherwise occupied.  😆

After we are done with our reading, I summarize the chapter for them using dialogue that is a bit more kid-friendly.

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For smaller kids, reading the portions of The Jesus Story Book Bible that revolve around Christ’s birth and life is an alternative way to introduce the real Christmas story while building a biblical foundation for Christmas.

 

2 | Try a fun Advent activity like  Shepherd on The Search.

Shepherd on the Search helps children countdown to Christmas and create lasting family memories while keeping their focus on the true meaning of Christmas. http://www.lotanner.com/shepherd-search @mrslotanner

In short; Shepherd on the search is a Gospel-based alternative to Elf on the Shelf. In place of the elf, you have a shepherd boy searching for baby Jesus. Through this hands-on adventure (which doubles as a Christmas Countdown), your kids will learn the REAL Christmas story as it happened in the Bible.

3| Focus on Giving.

So many of us make the mistake of focusing on what we can get for Christmas when the heart of the celebration is what you can give. God GAVE he most precious gift to us; His Son! So this Christmas season, try sitting down with your kids and brainstorming together fun ways that you can show the love of God to your friends and neighbors (and even strangers).

  • Bake cookies for your local police department or fire station.
  • Send “Blessing Bags” to a local homeless shelter.
  • Donate Christmas stockings for kids and women in shelters.
  • Donate toys to families in need.
  • Provide dinner for families in need.

We should consider the opportunities we have to give to other joyful occasions. God loves a cheerful giver! What better way to celebrate than to give to others just as God has given to us.

4| Read of few of these Christmas stories! 

They may not be the Christmas story but these books all have a way of bringing the joy of Christ’s birth front and center.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

I remember watching this as a movie when I was a little girl (Hey! There’s an idea too!). It was a family favorite. It amazed me how a simple shift of heart and some Christmas truth from the mouth of Linus changed Christmas for the whole town.

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 Humphrey’s First Christmas

This is about a cute a rendition of the Christmas story as ever! Ride along with Humphrey as he explores the true meaning of Christmas.

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

After all, if there is a birthday worth celebrating, it’s His.

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5|  Handcraft Christmas cards and share the Christmas story (birth of Jesus) with family and friends. 

Not only is this a good way to keep our focus on Christ during the Christmas season, but it’s also a great way to foster a discipleship in our kiddos. We get to teach them how to share the truth of the Gospel with the people that they love. That’s a big deal!

In addition, they learn that sharing about Jesus doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating.

In our Christmas cards, we use lines like these:

“Today we celebrate God’s amazing love for you and me. Merry Christmas!” 

“It’s Jesus’ birthday today! On this special day, God was thinking of not just Him, but you. We love you! Merry Christmas.” 

“Today we celebrate that Jesus was born! I’m excited to celebrate with you! MerryChristmass!”

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You can make the cards yourself with craft paper or order simple cards like these and let your kids decorate them along with the envelope. This is also the perfect time to pull out the stamps, glitter, and paint! Why not go all out? It is  Christmas after all.

The Heart of The Matter

Christmas has become so far diluted over the past years, it’s really important to me that my kiddos grow up knowing the truth about why this day is worth celebrating. As cute as the Hallmark movies are (yes, I’m a big fan) this is not a Hallmark holiday. This day isn’t even about us. Before anything else, Christmas is about Jesus. It’s about a God who loves us so much that He sent His son to this imperfect place to make a way for all of us imperfect people to spend forever with Him. Christmas is just the beginning. I love each of these resources reflects that in one way or another.

What are some of the traditions you have for keeping Christ at the center of your Christmas? I’d love to hear about them! Drop your answer in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “5 Ways to Keep Your Christmas A Christ-Centered Christmas”

  1. My kids love doing a Jesse Tree, a small Christmas tree that has ornaments representing the different aspects of the life of Jesus. It helps us to stay focused on Christ the entire month of December.

  2. Love this! I don’t have kids yet, but I still want to do my best to keep Christmas centered on Christ. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Growing up Anglican, we always celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Christmas Day is Day 1, day 12 is Epiphany which represents the day the wise men came. I like stretching it out and focusing on the fact that Jesus is celebrated not just one day. It’s amazing how celebrating after the commercials are over and into the New Year sets up January to be less blue. I also like to acknowledge Chanukah in some way. Mary and Joseph would have honored those 8 days, and so would Jesus. It’s a great reminder that Our God is the God of Miracles before we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

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