I love Christmas! It’s truly one of my favorite times of the year. Christmastime is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was a special time when God showed his great love for us. The birth of Jesus brought great joy to the world and because of that Christmas is my season of joy and renewal.
I make it a point to use the Christmas season as an opportunity to spend time with my family, reach out to others in the spirit of giving and, of course, celebrate Jesus. I love having a few family traditions during the holidays. It shows my kids the value of family, gives them a sense of belonging and brings us closer together.
In the spirit of giving, I’ve put together my 5 favorite Christmas traditions for the Christ-centered family.
5 Christmas Traditions for the Christ-Centered Family
The Nativity: Nativity scenes are popular during the holiday season and I have such fond memories of this scene. I encourage my kids to hold them and we role play the story of Christ. It’s that special toy they can only play with one time a year. If you don’t have a nativity scene of your own, rather than buying one, consider making one together as a family.
Happy Birthday: Since Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus we celebrate with a family dinner, followed by the story of Jesus birth and have a birthday cake to say “Happy Birthday Jesus” For our family, Christmas Eve is just as important as Christmas Day and we all make sure to be together during this time.
Church Service: During the holiday season many churches will have a special service on Christmas Eve. My local one has a candlelight service which is one my favorites of the year. Take some time out of your day to spend with a church family while giving thanks and praising Jesus. If Christmas is on a Sunday, make the time to go to church.
Homemade Goodies: It’s so much fun to bake homemade treats during the holidays. Cookies, bread, fudge, and candy are all yummy treat ideas that most everyone loves. They make great gifts and can be used as an opportunity to give a little during the holiday season. Share with friends and neighbors and spread the joy of the season.
Serve: For some people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. There are many people in the world less fortunate, those that won’t have families to share Christmas with and some without a place to call home. Out of everything you do during the holiday season, find some way to contribute and give back. Some popular ideas are serving at a local shelter, providing meals or blankets for the homeless and purchasing gifts for the missions or the orphanages in the areas. If you know of someone in your neighborhood that is alone, consider reaching out to them.
However you decide to spend your holidays I pray that you experience the joy and love that being a child of God offers!
Worshiping With My Life,