It’s not too late to start a Christmas tradition that your children will remember all their lives! Here are a few suggestions:
1. Read the Christmas story from the Bible – Whatever the age, this should be a part of every Christmas celebration
2. Have a “Birthday Party” for Jesus – Young children can relate to birthday parties
3. Put your family in the story – Parents and children act out parts of the Christmas story as it is read
4. Visit senior adult neighbors – Those who live alone and do not have family nearby will treasure a visit of carolers and a bag of cookies
5. Think of those without family – Invite someone who will be spending the Christmas alone to join you for Christmas dinner
6. Remember God so loved the world – Set aside a jar for money to send to missionaries for Christmas – The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering directly helps those sharing Christ in other countries
7. Find an “Angel Tree” and select a family – Many churches partner with Prison Fellowship or other ministries to see that the families of men who are incarcerated are able to have gifts at Christmas
8. Use your Christmas tree – It may be a helpful illustration of Jesus making it possible to live forever and explain to your children how some trees lose their leaves, but evergreen trees stay green all year
9. Remember our military – Send a package of goodies along with a letter to someone who is away from home serving in the military
10. Use a crèche to describe the Christmas story – Keeping a crèche in a prominent place helps to remind everyone what Christmas means
11. Visit senior adults in nursing facilities – With advance planning you can find which patients have few visitors and need a caring visit the most
12. Gather for worship – There couldn’t be a better time to gather with others and express your love for Jesus. Our church has a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service every year. This year we will gather at 10:30am and have our Candlelight service at 5:30pm.
What are some of your traditions? I would love to hear from you.