Winter Activities For Christian Family
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10
Winter can be long and boring, especially for kids — they tend to stay at home watching videos on their phone or playing online games all day long during this season. However, as a parent, this coldest time of the year is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your kids, to have fun and to ignite their faith with some of the Christian activities that you and your whole family would enjoy and love.
Share Jesus over a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20
Keep your children warm during this season and gather them in your living room or dining table — serve them with their favorite beverages such as hot chocolate, warm milk, coffee or tea and do some craft activities for Christmas — make banners or garlands with Bible verses, have a Bible trivia game or simply read the Bible with them. You can also teach your children to practice gratitude everyday by writing about the things that they are grateful for in a gratitude journal. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6. Train them young, teach them God’s Word and His Way and explain to them how powerful the Word of God is. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Go outside and enjoy the weather.
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” – Proverbs 31:21
Bundle up for winter and head outside with your kids — play, go ice skating or sledding, build a snowman with them while enjoying God’s creation. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:3. You can also do your Christmas photo shoot outdoors and wear your matching sweaters or outfits. Make this activity more fun and memorable by playing in a snow or by having a snow fight. Keep your candid photographs in a nice frame and display it in your home or attached it in your Christmas greeting cards. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1
Donate and volunteer in your community.
“He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” – Acts 10:2
Be a good steward of God’s blessings and share your blessings to others. Help the people in need, donate some food and clothes or do a Sunday school lesson for kids. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35. Let your children get involved in this activity by giving them a task according to their ability such as packing the goods or by asking them to declutter their room and to look for the things that they can share or donate. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17.
Shop for Christmas.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17
Find some best deals this coming Black Friday Sale and complete your Christmas shopping list with your family. Encourage your kids to spend wisely and to buy the things that can help them grow their faith, such as devotional journal, Bible and other faith-themed products. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16. Thus, help your children find the true meaning of giving and the reasons why we should give and share with others. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Learn new recipes.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Spend time in your kitchen and learn new recipes with your family. Bake some cookies and let your kids help you decorate it. Play some Christian music, praise God, talk about God and enjoy each other’s company while you bake or cook. “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” – Proverbs 15:17. Set up your table, decorate it with your colorful tablewares and eat with your family. Give thanks to God for all His blessings and for keeping your family safe and strong all the time. “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” – Ecclesiastes 9:7
You can enjoy your freshly baked cookies while playing a board game with your family, such as checkers, chess, word game, Monopoly: Jerusalem, Journey to the Holy Land or Olive Wood Domino Set. Thus, may activities bring you and your family closer together with Christ as the center of it.