Do you struggle with keeping Christ the focus of your Christmas? From Black Friday to Christmas day we are often distracted from the Savior we are celebrating. Why is it so easy to get caught up in it all when we know Jesus truly is the reason for the season.
During the Christmas season, we have an opportunity to reach people who are in need.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Sometimes we just need a plan or an idea to help us shift our celebratory gears. Below are 25 ways to help us keep Christ the focus of our Christmas. Perhaps they will help us all do some of those good works God prepared for us to do.
Here we go:
1. No tree. Place a large manger scene in your living room instead. Place your gifts in front of the manger.
2. Ornaments with the various names and titles of Jesus on them. (You can create your own & make it a family time craft event)
3. Throughout the month of December, read the Bible with your family at dinnertime and focus on passages that teach who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
4. Teach your children of Jesus’ sacrificial love by taking them shopping for those who are unable to give anything in return.
5. Determine to give a tangible gift to Jesus. Put it in a box, wrap it and put it under the tree. On Christmas day, explain why you are giving that particular gift to Jesus.
6. Give the gift of time to a particular ministry to show the love of Jesus. (A homeless shelter, a children’s home, a hospital, ect…) Or write cards or give gifts to a family of a prisoner.
7. Hold a birthday party for Jesus. (You may want to let your children know it’s not the actual “day” of His birth, but a time we celebrate Him)
8. Invite a widow or someone who is alone to spend Christmas with your family.
9. Create a family Christmas play. Practice throughout November & December. Put out flyers in your neighborhood and do the play in your front lawn on Christmas eve.
10. Play “Jesus” Christmas music all month long.
11. Organize a group to go caroling during Christmas.
12. Do random acts of giving in Jesus name. (Pay for the person’s meal behind you, rake the neighbor’s lawn, ect…)
13. Take food to a family in need.
14. Buy some gifts and take to the hospital to give to those who are in long term or critical care.
15. Put a play on or sing Christmas carols at a local nursing home.
16. Help your children earn money to buy gifts for Operation Christmas Child or a local children’s home.
17. Help your children earn money to give to a missionary.
18. Help your children earn money to buy gifts for a missionary child on the field.
19. Organize a coat and/or blanket round-up for a homeless shelter near you.
20. Make or purchase gifts to give to your neighbors. Especially the ones you are trying to reach for Christ.
21. Bake goodies for your neighbors, family and friends.
22. Make your indoor and outdoor decorations reflect that Jesus really is the reason for the season.
23. Help your church collect gifts for a family in need.
24. Send Christmas gifts and cards to military personel, their families.
25. Share Jesus with as many people as you can between now and Christmas.
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. It’s the time the world is reminded that God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son so we could spend eternity with Him. It’s the time we reflect on the earthly life of Christ…from the cradle to the cross. It’s the time we celebrate Jesus and all that He is and all that He’s done.
I know you probably have a few ideas of your own. How do you keep Jesus the focus of your family’s Christmas? I’d love for you to share some of the ways you maintain a Christ centered Christmas!