Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, it can also be the most hectic time of the year. That makes it a challenge to keep Christ as the CENTER of our Christmas celebrations.
- Give gifts that point to Jesus. We love giving our kids gifts at Christmas. With three kinds under the age of seven, Christmas morning is a joyful mess of wrapping paper flying, shouts of excitement, and lots of “oohs”, “aahhs”, and “wows”. And mixed in with the Barbie dolls and toy tractors, we love to give each of our kids gifts that point them to Jesus. Last year we gave our girls age-appropriate StoryBook Bibles that they could navigate by themselves (we love the Jesus StoryBook Bible). This year we’re giving our seven year old a Bible Verse Coloring book. Age-level devotionals or journals and Christian music are also great gift ideas.
- Keep Jesus in the spotlight. I know several families who have opted to forego the Santa tradition in their family out of conviction so that Jesus is not forgotten. We have not made that decision for our Christmas celebration. In our home an elf sits on a shelf, Santa grants Christmas wishes, and we watch Chevy Chase’s tacky Christmas lights. We enjoy all of the traditional Christmas festivities. But, they all remain as a side-act to the real meaning of Christmas. We teach our children that Jesus’ birthday is the reason we celebrate Christmas. We make it clear that we give gifts because God gave us the best gift — His Son (John 3:16). As a family we read the story of Jesus’ birth found in Luke 2. In our home we like Santa, but Jesus gets the spotlight.
- Worship Jesus on Christmas. It’s not enough to pause the holiday traditions for a conversation about Jesus. We must also prioritize the time we devote to Jesus. Each Christmas we make sure that we attend Church to worship Jesus. Whether it’s on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, we include going to Church with all of our other Christmas plans. This year we plan to wake up, open gifts, have breakfast together, and then we’ll get dressed and go to Church and we’ll serve during the worship service together (we’d love for you to join us).