With the holidays upon us and the ‘chaos’ that often accompanies this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up and distracted from the real reason of the season – the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. It’s also becoming harder to keep Christ in Christmas. Just look at how employers are telling their employees they’re not allowed to say Merry Christmas but instead have to say Happy Holidays. And that’s just one example of many!
As Christians it’s important that we keep Jesus as the focus. It’s our responsibility to teach our family, especially if we have little ones, what Christmas is about. So, if you’re looking for ways to help you put the focus on Jesus this year, here are some ideas.
12 Days of Christmas Family Devotionals
What better way to put the focus on Jesus than reading a daily devotion? Here are some I found when I did a quick Google search:
- Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas: A Family Devotional in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
- Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace
- The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas (this isn’t a devotions book but could be a great one to read during the Holidays)
- Family Devotion: 12 Days of Christmas Devotion Kit (this looked like fun and a great family activity!)
Another idea for devotions could be to have each family member (if they’re old enough) focus on writing their own devotion for one day. Then spend time doing a Bible study each day based on the devotion that was written. This can be fun and a learning experience all in one.
These are a special calendar used to countdown the days to Christmas. They’re a lot of fun especially if you have little ones – they get a kick out of opening the doors on the calendar each day. Here’s one you can check out: The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent.
Birthday Cake For Jesus
Bake a cake for Jesus and celebrate His birth with a piece of yummy cake. Before cutting into the cake and enjoying it, grab the family and say a prayer.
Give Up A Gift To Help Someone Else.
For this one you need to get your whole family on board. The idea behind this is that each family member agrees to receive one or two less gifts and the extra money that would have been spent on those gifts is given to a charitable organization. There are many you can choose from like World Vision, just to name one.
Choose a local organization like a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, etc. and find out about volunteering some time. This is a perfect family activity and can be an eye opening and humbling experience for kids that are old enough to understand that some people don’t even have basic necessities like food.
Pray For Your Neighborhood.
Grab your family, step outside and take a walk around your neighborhood looking at all the lights and decorations. As you do so, have you and your family pray over each house. These are only a handful of ideas. It’s a good starting point, but there are so many other things you can do to keep Jesus the focus this Holiday season. Let us always remember: Jesus is the reason for the season.