5 Fall Activities for A Christian Family
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
The fall season has officially started — the air gets cooler, the leaves are starting to change into various shades or colors and some people are busy preparing for Halloween. However, Halloween is a hot topic for Christian and there is often debate if Christian should celebrate this kind of holiday. But, as a true believer and follower of Christ, this Bible passage tells us to not conform to the pattern of this world and instead of discussing about Halloween; you can promote and enjoy this season to spend more time with your families and to appreciate God’s wonderful creations and blessings.
So, if you are looking for an alternative Halloween activities to enjoy this season with your loved ones, here are some activities that you and your family may engage during this fall.
Do some outdoor activities.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” – Genesis 1:29
Exploring a corn maze, harvesting pumpkins and apple picking are one of the most popular activities during the fall. These activities are perfect for every family to spend more time together while enjoying the beautiful creation of God and the colder weather. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1 Plan ahead with your family and schedule some time to visit an orchard, pumpkin patch or a corn maze when you and your family can have fun. Thus, some orchards and farms offer some amenities that you will surely love such as labyrinth hay maze, horseback riding, petting an animal and a playground for your little ones.
Unplug for the day and have a quiet time with God.
“Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.” – Isaiah 41:1
Gather your family in your home and have a quiet time with God –– read the Scripture or a devotional book to ignite your faith, listen to Christian music and pray to the Lord. Ask everyone’s prayer request and kneel down in prayer with your family. Remember, prayer is the most intimate act that a family can do. Also, this season is the best time to discuss with your kids what the Bible says about Halloween. Reading them some of these Bible passages can help them understand the true meaning of Halloween. “And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers…” – Micah 5:12
“A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.” – Acts 19:19
Decorate your home for fall.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” – Proverbs 24:3-4
Revamp your home with your family and fill it with the things that give glory to God such as Scripture artworks, your family photos, motivational wall arts and faith-themed dinnerware. You can also make your home warm and inviting by lighting some scented candles, adding throw blankets and make it cozy as much as possible. Thus, make your home worthy to welcome God’s love and Presence by talking about God and His Righteousness. “For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” – Isaiah 57:15
Have a hearty and comforting dinner with your family at home.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8
Cooking is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones at home. Learn new recipes or cook your family’s favorite dishes during this season; and set up the table with beautiful centerpieces and tableware to make it more cozy. Eat together and thank God for giving you the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31 Thus, home cooked meals are better and healthier than take away food or fast food. so prepare a homey and comforting meal for your family such as chicken casserole with pumpkin, chicken stew, pumpkin soup, apple pie, cider beverages, etc.
“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1
Lastly, this season is also a great moment to get ready for Thanksgiving — pick your menu, finalize your guest list, shopping list and set up your cleaning schedule with your family. Also, list down all the things that you are thankful for in a gratitude journal and you’ll see the overflowing blessings that God has given you. “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1 Share about God’s love and blessing in your family and glorify, lift His Name and thank Him for what he has done. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thus, the fall season is also a perfect time to do your family portraits for your Christmas postcards or decor. So, wear your sweater or plaid for a classic fall themed portrait, strike a pose and seize this precious moments with your family. Hence, let this season bring more happy memories with your loved ones and let Christ be the center of your family.