As followers of Jesus, keeping Christ as the center of our family’s Christmas celebrations is key. There isn't anything necessarily wrong with decorating with snowmen, buying presents, throwing parties, eating lots of good food, or even playing Santa Claus. But if we do all those things and forget Christ, what does that say to our children? And what does that say to the world?
Here are a few ideas of how we can "Keep Christ in Christmas".
1. Decorate with Nativity Sets – and use them to teach your children the Christmas story and about how God calls us to spread the gospel of Jesus all over the world.
2. Serve Others as a Family - Whether you serve a meal at your local soup kitchen or take a Christmas Basket to a neighbor, use this season as a springboard for serving those Jesus came to save throughout the year.
3. Deliver Treats with Scripture - What do homemade treats or baked goods have to do with celebrating Jesus? It could be a prime example of keeping Him center by visiting your neighbors and delivering banana bread and an attached card with a Scripture proclaiming Christ's birth.
4. Decorate a Jesse Tree - A Jesse Tree uses devotionals from throughout the entire Bible, starting with Creation and the Fall of man and ending with Jesus’s coming. After reading each daily devotional, you and your children can make ornaments representative of that day’s story to hang on a special tree.
5. Count down the days with an Advent Calendar–or Wreath - Advent refers to a period of spiritual preparation in the season leading up to Christmas. Many families celebrate Advent with countdown calendars for each day of December–or with lighting a candle for each week leading up to December 25.
6. Keep Gift-Giving Simple - There isn't anything wrong with giving gifts at Christmas, but instead of giving any and every kind of toy, you may want to simply give 3 gifts in representation of the 3 gifts that the wise men gave to Jesus. You can give a "want" (like a new toy), a "need" (like an article of clothing) and a "spiritual gift" (like a new Bible).
7. Throw a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” Party - Bake a birthday cake for Jesus to eat with Christmas dinner. Another option would be to throw a birthday party for Jesus. Invite all the neighborhood children and use it as an evangelistic outreach.
8. Dramatize the Christmas Story - Check your local churches and community for an outdoor nativity or other Christmas dramas.
9. Watch The Nativity Story - Try watching it together on Christmas Eve while you're wrapping presents.
10. Create a Paper Chain Garland - Decorate your tree with a homemade paper chain. Each chain contains one Scripture from the Christmas story, and spend the days leading up to Christmas opening up and reading the verses.
11. DON’T Do it All! - Yo will wear yourself out and forget the most important things about Christmas; to enjoy this Christmas Season with all those you love by showing the love of Christ, attend a Christmas Eve Service at your church. and remember, JESUS is the very best gift of all!