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Keeping Jesus as the main focus has always been my goal for our family during Christmas. Over the years, I’ve built a list of Christmas traditions that have helped my children keep Jesus at the forefront of their minds as we enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
My daughter is now married and a mommy to my grandson who will be 9 months in December. She will be sharing with him our family Christmas traditions that she grew up with. Knowing that these will be her family’s Christmas traditions too makes my heart smile!
How My Family Keeps Jesus the Focus at Christmas
The first Christmas family tradition that we do every year is the lighting of our Advent wreath. Every Sunday night in December after we eat dinner, we gather around our kitchen table where I place our Advent wreath, and read the Scripture that goes along with the candle we are lighting. After the Scripture is read, the candle is lit, and my husband or I say a prayer.
Three years ago I began a new tradition of finding a Christmas ornament that depicts how my family has experienced Jesus throughout the year. The first year we were at the beach around the time of Thanksgiving and found an ornament in a Christmas store that had PEACE written on it. The year had been a very hard one – our son had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, and ADD. Jesus had been our PEACE through those very tough days when we were trying hard to grasp our new reality. As soon as I laid my eyes on that ornament, I knew it was coming home with us! The second year, FAITHFUL was written on the ornament because of the many ways we had experienced His faithfulness throughout the year. This will be our third year picking out a Christmas ornament that depicts how we have experienced Jesus throughout the year. There have been two times this year where we have experienced Jesus as our PROTECTOR. Both instances involved my husband. My son was also with my husband in the most recent episode. I’m so thankful for His protection in both instances where their lives could have been taken. My search has begun for this year’s Christmas ornament that will remind us year after year of the protection of Jesus.
Happy Birthday, Jesus Cake
The night before Christmas, I bake a Happy Birthday, Jesus cake that we enjoy on Christmas morning. My kids have loved this family Christmas tradition that keeps our focus on Jesus because they get to eat cake for breakfast! My husband reads the story of the birth of Jesus as recorded in Luke 2 and then we sing Happy Birthday, Jesus. Everyone gets a slice of birthday cake and a cold glass of milk. Then we move back into the living room to open our Christmas presents.
Christmas Books About Jesus
If you have young kids, a great way to help them understand the true meaning of Christmas is to have an assortment of Christmas books focusing on Jesus that you can read to them in the days leading up to Christmas. You can use my list of 12 Days of Christmas Stories That Will Keep Your Family Focused on Jesus. I’m so excited to be reading the books from this list with my grandson this Christmas!
Round-up of Ideas for Keeping Jesus the Focus at Christmas
Keeping Jesus the focus at Christmas is something my blogging friends enjoy doing too! I asked them to share with us posts they have written that you and I can use with our families this year to keep Jesus as our focus during Christmas. They have given me permission to share the following links with you ~ simply click on their image to read all about their great ideas!
I hope you’ll enjoy using their ideas and mine with your family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, this Christmas!
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2 beautiful children and one waiting in Heaven, and she is a homeschooling
mom. Her desire is to be filled with the empowering presence of God which
enables her to be who He created her to be and to do what He has called
her to do. God answers this prayer by giving Laurie grace-filled moments in her
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