Start a Tradition this Christmas

Traditions are meaningful to all generations of family

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.

Merry Christmas!

About Mark Bordeaux 26 Articles
Mark left broadcasting in 1980 to obey God and lead the student ministry of a local church in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, he and his wife Debbie have joined God in His work in ten churches located in five states as well as Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine. While on numerous trips to Russia and Ukraine he has taught pastors and church planters, as well as done ministry in a wide variety of ways through churches, orphanages, prisons, hospitals, universities, and with government leaders. He is a graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. with languages) and a doctoral student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where his concentration is on church health and revitalization. Mark is married to Debbie who is a criminal defense paralegal. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Mark founded Life Worth Living Ministries, a non-profit (501c3) organization to facilitate his speaking, coaching, consulting, and mission work. He enjoys working out, training German Shepherds, and more than anything; time with his family.

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