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. 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

A lot of families use this as a Christian 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.

2. Christ-Centered Christmas Countdown

Christ-Centered Christmas CountdownBring your kids back to the original Christmas story with this 24-day countdown. In Christ-Centered Christmas, there are 24 beautifully designed countdown cards that will guide your kids through the Christmas season. Each card features a Christmas symbol and it’s meaning, a scripture and an activity that helps you focus on Christ!

3. Advent Calendars For Kids!

Looking for a new Christmas tradition? Here's mine! Countdown to Christmas, the coming of Christ, with these fun and engaging Advent Calendars for kids. http://www.lotanner.com/advent-calendars-for-kids @mrslotanner

This year DaySpring is offering a variety of Advent calendars for parents and kids to use together. These are great ways to build family connection during the Christmas season! Each day of these countdowns provides either a Bible verse relating to the birth of Jesus OR a fun activity meant to helps teach kids about kindness, compassion, and giving. All characteristics we hope to see in our kids both in and out of the Christmas season, right?

4. 12 Days of Christmas


12 Days of Christmas from The Dating Divas

This 12 Days of Christmas activity is a way to make the days leading up to Christmas just as full of that magic as the actual holiday. You can count down the twelve days of Christmas with a small gift for your spouse or for your friends and neighbors. It’s the perfect way to remind your family of the reason for the season–giving! Your kids will love surprising their friends, families, and neighborhoods with their gifts of service.

5. A Family Christmas Countdown

This activity set is perfect for making sure you get in some quality family time this holiday season. For each day in the month of December, they have put together 25 days of family activities to help your family bond over holiday fun, along with co-ordinated printables!


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It’s really important to me that my kiddos grow up knowing the truth about Christmas. That it’s not about them and it’s not about getting. 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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4 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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