A Christian Christmas For Families

There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate your faith with your children during the Christmas season! These simple, but beautiful family traditions can help keep children focused on the true "reason for the season" amidst all the holiday frenzy.  Try these 7 simple family traditions to help keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebrations.

1. Read Christmas Stories Together: Advent is a perfect time to introduce this simple family tradition. Read a story or two from one of these recommended Religious Christmas books or Children’s Bibles at bedtime each night. It is a great way to reinforce the meaning of Christmas, and helps children prepare for the upcoming religious holiday.

Baby Bible Christmas Storybook

Baby’s First Nativity (The First Bible Collection)

Come and See Baby Jesus: 50 Fun Lift-the Flaps (Beginner’s Bible Series)

God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us Series)

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

Just Look in the Stable – Arch Books

Religious books and bibles also make perfect Christmas gifts which can be enjoyed for years to come. See Recommended Children’s Religious Books & Bibles  for a superb selection of religious books and bibles for infants through teens

2. Hang an Advent Calendar: Display an Advent Calendar in your home, and have children add an ornament each night at dinnertime. Advent Calendars with their religious ornaments make great teaching tools, and are a wonderful visual reminder of the Nativity story. This is an exciting way for children to countdown to Jesus’ birthday.

Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar w/24 Magnetic Figures

Alma’s Design Nativity Advent Calendar

Little People Nativity Advent Calendar

3. Display a Children’s Nativity Set: Set up a child-friendly nativity set by your Christmas tree where it is easily accessible. There are many adorable Children’s Nativity Sets available which are very durable. Playing with a Nativity set is an extremely wonderful tactile and visual learning experience which brings the birth of Jesus to life.

Veggie Tales Nativity Set

Children’s Nativity Play Set

Playmobil Nativity Set

4. Light the Advent Wreath: Set up an Advent Wreath in your home. Take a moment to light a candle at Sunday dinner for each of the four weeks during Advent. Many Advent wreaths include simple family prayers,blessings or hymns which can be sung during the wreath lighting. Sing a simple Advent or Christmas song together.

Fontanini 5" Nativity Collection Christmas Advent Wreath #56306

Metal Advent Wreath Candle Holder With Taper Candles

We Light the Candles: Devotions Related to Family Use of the Advent Wreath

5. Encourage Good Deeds: Encourage good deeds throughout the Advent & Christmas season in order to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming. Construct a simple family manger (a shoe box will do) which can be filled with "good deeds hay" to make baby Jesus warm and cozy. To make "good deeds hay," cut small strips of paper and have family members write down any good deeds they have done during the day. As the season progresses, the manger fills up with "good deeds hay" until it is ready for the infant Jesus (a small doll or drawing) to be placed. What a precious family Christmas gift for Jesus!

6. Display Religious Decorations: As the saying goes, "Keep Christ in Christmas." When decorating your home, don’t forget to display religious decorations along with your regular Christmas decorations. Christmas ornaments portraying the nativity scene, a nativity set, an outdoor or window nativity are visual reminders of the true meaning of Christmas, When decorating with lights, talk to children about the meaning of light, a beautiful symbol of our faith.

Nativity Star Hanging Ornament

Christmas Lighted Outdoor Nativity & Star

7.. Plan Family Christmas Activities Together: Take the time during the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy some family time. A few suggestions for family activities include a family Christmas movie night complete with popcorn and a favorite children’s Christmas DVDs; baking extra special Christmas cookies together by using religious cookie cutters; and singing along to the beautiful Christmas hymns and carols on the piano or with your favorite Christmas CDs. Whatever you choose to do, make it a special time together to celebrate your faith.

Veggie Tales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

Veggie Tales: Holiday Double Feature: The Toy That Saved Christmas & The Star of Christmas

Fox Run Eighteen Piece Nativity Cookie Cutter Bake Set

The Easy Christmas Fake Book: 100 Songs in the Key of C (Fake Books)

The Ultimate Christmas Fake Book: for Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Electronic Keyboard and All C Instruments (Fake Books)

The Christmas Fake Book: C Edition

A final word...Always remember that of the countless Christmas gifts we give our children, the time we spend nurturing their faith is priceless. It is the only gift that lasts a lifetime and beyond. Developing children’s faith begins early, and religious holidays are the perfect opportunity to celebrate your faith together as a family. Reading together, praying together and preparing for Christmas together are wonderful ways to keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas festivities and our lives. 


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