Keeping Christ in Christmas with Your Children
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
Christmas is such a busy time of year and with children it can be especially overwhelming. How can you take the time to show your children that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ? How can you make sure to instill knowledge of what Christmas really means while they are young so they will remember it for the rest of their lives? Below are some suggestions of how you can keep Christ in Christmas!
Make gifts for others
God so loved that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus. This is a great time of year to give to others and there are so many people that would appreciate something homemade by the hand of a child. Soldiers overseas, children who’s parents are in prison or children in the hospital would really love to have a gift made with love.
Find a place to serve
Jesus came to serve and He says that what you do for the least of these, you have done for Him. There are so many places you can reach out to others in the community by serving others. Nursing homes, homeless shelters and orphanages are great places to visit especially during the holidays. Help serve a meal at a homeless shelter or assist a senior with some chores around their yard or home.
Spend time together at your place of worship
Forsake not the assembling together. Many churches have plays, musicals or live nativities this time of year, and it is a great way to teach children about the holiday while you take time to spend together as a family. You can even invite others that may not know the truth of Christmas and have an opportunity to share with them as well.
Create family traditions that include the story of Christ.
Train up a child in the way he should go. You can create family Christmas traditions to do every year that reinforce what Christmas truly is. Traditions can be as simple as setting up the Nativity together, or putting out an empty cradle Christmas Eve and then placing a baby in it for the morning. Another great way to put Christ first at Christmas is to read the scriptures about the birth and then have prayer time before you open any presents.
Remember, with children it is best to teach them along the way, so you don’t have to wait until December to start learning about Jesus’ birth, as Charles Dickens said, I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”