5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas as a Christian Family
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Christmas is one of the most awaited holidays throughout the year — it is a wonderful day to celebrate and to spend more time with your loved ones. And, as a Christian parent, this time is also a great opportunity to convey the true essence of Christmas to your children and to ignite their faith with these activities.
Reflect upon the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 1:18
Help your kids to have a closer walk with God by giving them an Advent Journal for Girls or reflect about the birth of Jesus by reading the Bible. “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” – Luke 2:6-7. Tell them that Jesus is the greatest gift that we ever receive here on earth because He save us from sin and gave us everlasting life. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
Encourage your kids to send Christmas cards.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11
While celebrating Christmas seems too commercialized nowadays and many people are busy preparing and shopping for Christmas presents. Why don’t you encourage your kids to express their love and gratitude by writing a Christmas card to their loved ones. Thus, writing greeting cards is a great way to improve your child’s fine motor skills. They can also add some Scripture about the birth of our Savior to share the gospel with everyone. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)” – Matthew 1:23
Host a dinner with your loved ones.
“And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.” – Deuteronomy 12:7
Ask your children to put up some Christmas decors in your home such as nativity set, Scripture wall art, frame and other ornaments. Prepare a healthy dinner for your guest and have a feast with them. Thank God for His love and provisions in your family, glorify Him and talk about His Words. “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35. Have a great time with your grown-up children and get your kids involved in the kitchen during this day. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Share your blessings to a charity or homeless.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:44-47
This Bible passage is an example of how we should generously share our blessings to others, especially to the needy. So, if you have a chance — donate or volunteer in your chosen charity and share what God has given you. “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9. Be a good steward, manage your finances well and be a role model to your children. Let them see God’s love shine upon you and teach them how to be a blessing to others too. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
Gather your family and pray.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6
Glorify God with your actions — sing a song of praise, listen to Christian music and pray together as a family. Fill your hearts with thanksgiving and create a healthy prayer life with your family. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 4:2. Entrust your burdens and cares to God in prayer, ask for guidance and protection and help your child discover the power of prayer. “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
Thus, if your church has a Christmas service during this day — attend, worship the Lord with your family and thank God for His greatest gift to mankind in the form of Jesus.