Today I wanted to post on something Christmas-centered. In the past, I have talked about decorating the Christmas tree with children in the home, Santa, teaching about Christ all year round (not just at Christmas time. Tangent time--the other day, McKenna and I were shopping and she saw a big Santa thing--like a big doll. She said, "Look! A snowman!" I just laughed. It actually made me happy because as a 2.5 year old, she does not recognize Santa, but she does recognize Jesus), a poem I wrote for focusing on the symbols of Christmas, and ideas for giving back at Christmas.
This year, I want to share five of ideas we have implemented in our home for helping our children focus on more of the "reason for the season" (cue music...He is the reason, for the sea--eee--son...) and not so much on themselves and what they are getting.
Straw Bed for Jesus
If you don't have wood-working ability, you could use a shoe-box instead. If you don't have access to straw, you could cut some strips of paper up (if you did that, you could even write the service down on the paper). I thought this was a fun idea for keeping our focus on Christ and on service during the Christmas season.
Participate in a Charity or Service
We have this Fisher Price Little People Nativity. This is a nativity the children can play with all they want. You can use it (or any other nativity you like) to help as you read through Luke and the story of Christmas. My in-laws also have a fun tradition we do every year. The children draw out a person from the story, then dress up as that person. They are given the nativity piece that matches the character. The children then walk in and place their piece in the stable as their part is read from Luke. It helps the children to have more focus on the story since they have a part in it. You can dress up easily with towels, robes, and scarves or ties.
Sing Christmas Songs
Those are my five traditions we have! I would completely love to hear your ideas. I would love to add some traditions for focusing on Christ more at Christmas time.
Relate Blog Label: