Jesus is the reason for the season. Yet, with all the busyness of this time of year it is easy to let Christmas pass with nothing more than family gatherings and gift giving. Those things are meaningful, but Jesus is more so. This year, be intentional about worship. Use this time of year to center on Christ Jesus by intentionally keeping Christ central to Christmas. Here are some ideas to help.
Keep Christ Central to Christmas
- Set up a nativity set with your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews and talk about each one’s part in the events around Jesus’s birth.
- Read on your own and with your family of the Birth of Jesus, “The Christmas Story,” in Matthew 1-2, and Luke 1-2.
- Work on keeping Christmas about giving rather than getting by taking part in giving to others in need. Also, get your kids involved in picking gifts to give to others.
- Bake a birthday cake and have a birthday party for Jesus.
- Sing and play Christian Christmas songs, that carry the message of Jesus’s birth.
- Write a Christmas letter to a missionary. Let them know they are thought of at Christmas—a time when they may miss the rest of their families more. Missionaries like gifts too!
- In the midst of all the busyness, display your Christian virtue—be patient and charitable. After all, Jesus came with “peace and goodwill toward men.”†