My kids are counting down the days until Christmas. They can’t wait to open presents and eat a feast. But, as a Christian mom, I want my kids to know that Christmas is more than all of those things. Christmas is about Jesus. Today, I want to share 7 easy ways to create a Christ centered Christmas.
7 Ways to Create a Christ centered Christmas
1. Skip Santa
This advice may be extremely controversial. For me, Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa. For that reason, our family skips Santa.
What does that look like?
We don’t put presents under the tree from Santa and we don’t line up to get pictures and sit on his lap.
If we are at an event and Santa is there, then we might go say hi and have a visit or picture, but we don’t spend time with Santa and we don’t spend money on Santa pictures.
When our kids were young, we did not tell them Santa was not real, but when they asked us about Santa, we would just turn the conversation around.
We would say: What is Christmas about? or we would also ask: What is the meaning of Christmas?
Once they had a chance to answer, we would then tell them about Jesus and His birth and why He came.
Once our children became older, we told them about St. Nicolas, who was an actual person, and that Santa is a representation of him.
For us, it is more important that our children know what the meaning of Christmas is more than getting lots of presents.
2. Celebrate Advent
Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity and the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.
By celebrating Advent, you can focus on Christ- the true meaning of Christmas and look towards His coming for the entire Christmas season.
Having a scripture to read every day and celebrating Advent is a great way to build anticipation. It is also a great way to learn more about Christ, who He is, and why He came.
- On the First Sunday (Advent Sunday), they look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.
- On the Second Sunday, the Gospel reading recalls the preaching of John the Baptist, who came to “prepare the way of the Lord”; the other readings have associated themes.
- On the Third Sunday(Gaudete Sunday), the Gospel reading is again about John the Baptist, and the other readings are about the joy associated with the coming of the Saviour.
- On the Fourth Sunday, the Gospel reading is about the events involving Mary and Joseph that led directly to the birth of Jesus, while the other readings are related to these.”
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3. Keep it simple
Christmas is notorious for being the busiest and most stressful time of the year. We have parties to go to, presents to purchase, family to visit and so much more.
All of those things are good and should be done, BUT…
Maybe it’s time to take away some of that Christmas chaos by decreasing all the things we do around the Christmas season. This time of year should focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Click here to read what I do to decrease the stress of Christmas.
4. Read Storybooks
Our family loves the Christmas season. Not only that, but we love to read. Since our kids love to read, we bring out Christmas books over the holiday season for them to read.
We will either read the books to them or leave them to read them on their own.
The books we read focus on the Christmas story.
That way, there are many ways that my kids can learn about what happened on that Christmas day.
Our family loves Arch Books. They have many stories that focus on Christ’s birth. I love them because they focus on Christ, but each book focuses on a different portion of the story. By reading them all, we can learn about the entire story of Christ’s birth.
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5. Be a gracious Giver
Jesus is the ultimate gift-giver. He came to earth as a child to live a perfect life and give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins so He could forgive our sins.
There is no gift that we can give to God or to others that will ever match that one.
But, one way we can focus on Christ during Christmas is to be more like Him. Since Jesus is the ultimate gift-giver, we also want to give to others during this season.
We can give to others with our time, money, or possessions.
When we are gracious givers, we are showing God’s love to others and helping others understand God’s gift to us
6. Focus on Thanksgiving
Christmas comes not too far after Thanksgiving. So, it might seem weird to focus on Thanksgiving at Christmas. But it’s important to be thankful at all times, including Christmas Day.
The Bible tells us to be thankful for all things.
Christmas is a great time to be thankful for who Jesus is.
7. Be led to Worship
The Christmas season is a time to remember who Jesus is and what He has done for us. When we reflect on that, it should lead our hearts to worship.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:10-11 (NIV):
The wise men travelled a great distance to come and see Jesus. Once they did, they could not help but to bow down and worship Him.
We don’t have to travel far to have access to Jesus.
The death of Jesus made a way for us to have access to the presence of God. We can access God.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess…. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Hebrews 4:14-16
So, let’s take advantage of that presence and come before Him.
When we enter His presence, we won’t be able to help ourselves. The only appropriate action is to worship Him.
This Christmas season, let’s take some time to stop and reflect on what really matters.
Jesus came to earth as a child, He grew up and lived as a human, He then became the sacrifice for our Sins.
What is your response to Jesus??
Are we led to worship and awe????
Or do we push it all aside so we can finish our task list?
In the comments below, please share with me how you keep Christ on Christmas.