With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s very easy to get so caught up in the usual Christmas traditions and present-giving that we completely forget to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas–Jesus’s birth.
And while there is nothing wrong with doing fun things like Elf on the Shelf or buying your kids more presents than one child really needs (we’re guilty of both!), it’s important to also make time this holiday season to reflect on what truly matters.
If you aren’t sure how to find the right balance this Christmas season, that’s okay. Here are seven Christmas traditions you can do this year that will help you and your children recall the true meaning of Christmas.
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1. Go to Church
This Christmas, as you prepare to spend time with loved ones around the tree, don’t forget to carve out a little time for the one who loved you so much he died on a tree. Not sure if church is really necessary? It is. Arrive early–it’ll probably be packed!
2. Help those in Need
You’ll never find more opportunities to help the needy any other time of year than you do at Christmas. From buying gifts for an Angel Tree to donating to clothes and food drives to dropping your spare change in the Salvation Army bucket, there are opportunities all around you. You just have to pay attention. For some great ideas, see: 9 Service Projects Your Preschooler Can Do
3. Read the Christmas Story
Growing up, I used to love reading the Christmas story in the Bible before we began opening gifts. It always reminded me of what we were really celebrating and how much we all had to be truly thankful for. If you don’t have one already, this Christmas Story for kids is adorable. Or, if you prefer to read the story straight out of the Bible, this kids’ Bible is my favorite. It’s the one we own.
Fasting is one spiritual discipline that most of us don’t practice nearly enough (ever??). Now, I wouldn’t recommend this right before they carve the holiday ham, but a few days before Christmas is the perfect time to reflect on all that Jesus gave up for us when he came down from Heaven and on what we need to give up for Him for the time being as well.
5. Pray and Reflect
Sometimes, in the midst of the busyness, the best thing you can do is to get away for a while to pray and reflect. How has the last year gone? How are you doing spiritually? What changes do you need to make in light of what God has done for you?
6. Eat “Baby” Themed Foods
Okay, this one is a little silly, but it’s also a lot of fun! Prepare a meal full of baby themed foods (like baby spinach, baby carrots, baby corn–even baby back ribs!) and see if your family can guess what the theme is. Not all Christian Christmas traditions have to be all serious and silent. This is one great way to add some lighthearted (and yummy!) celebration into your Christian Christmas as well!
7. Listen to Christian Christmas Music
It’s amazing how something as simple as music can really transform your outlook, attitude and perspective. This Christmas season, why not put on some Christian Christmas music? The old Christmas carols are so beautiful, and they will really help prepare your spirit. This WOW Christmas album, for example, is full of beautiful Christmas songs sung by artists we all know and love. Would highly recommend.
This Christmas, don’t get so caught up in all the trappings that you forget what the season is really all about. Even if you missed all the Advent stuff, it’s not too late. Start these seven meaningful Christian Christmas traditions this Christmas and carry them in your heart all year long.
What Christmas traditions does your family have? (Either sacred or secular) Are there any new ones you’d like to incorporate this year?
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