Nowadays, the meaning of Christmas seems to totally miss the mark. We’re all tied up in parties, presents, and every person other than the one who matters most. JESUS is the reason why we celebrate and this year I really wanted my family to get that. I put together a list of a few Jesus-focused Christmas traditions to help us out and I would like to share them with you.
1. Watch YouTube videos about the story of Christmas.
We just did this a few days ago and my 6 year old loved it so much that she’s asked to watch every day since. All we did was search Christmas story of Jesus for kids. If you have your YouTube set to auto play it will also play other bible based videos for the kids to learn about biblical truths. It was a good, free, and modern way for us to put the focus of Christmas back on Jesus.
2. Bake and decorate a birthday cake; sing happy birthday to Jesus.
We haven’t done this yet but we definitely will this year and every year to come. I don’t know about you but I LOVE cake! I don’t know why this is not a regular Christmas tradition already. Everyone else’s birthdays involve cake and a birthday song so why wouldn’t we do the same for Jesus?
3. Instead of the kids writing a letter to Santa, have them write a letter to Jesus.
It’s become traditional for the kids to write a letter to a fictional character asking for material things that they wish for. Why not have them write to the very real Jesus and ask him for things that are intangible and eternal. For example, they can ask for a heart of thankfulness, a spirit of kindness, faith as big as the sky is high… you get the idea.
4. Dance and sing like no one’s watching to Christmas and/or worship songs.
Singing and dancing is fun all by itself but with your family and a little bit of Christmas cheer you're guaranteed to have a memorable time. Just pull up your favorite Pandora station and get your holly-jolly Christmas groove on.
5. Make a nativity scene that is fun for the kids.
This can be done in so many creative ways. Play dough, Legos, gingerbread people, etc. Or if you have kiddos that love art, each family member can draw or paint a picture and then you can hang them on the wall to add to your Christmas décor.
Just a few fun ideas to help the kiddos understand the true meaning of Christmas and shift the focus back on the One who the Christmas season is all about. It’s not about the food and the presents. It’s about the Son who was born on Christmas day. The One who came to live and die for us. I hope you will try at least one of these traditions with your family. I am certain that any time spent celebrating Jesus, however you do it, will be blessed with tons of love and Christmas joy. Have a blessed and very merry Christmas; from my family to yours!