How to Cultivate the Christmas Spirit in your Homeschool


 
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This post is part of the 2017 Homeschooling Through the Holidays series and was written by Misty from Year Round Homeschooling.

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the way that Christmas lights twinkle across the freshly fallen snow, the beautiful songs that remind us of the King of Kings and the neatly wrapped packages placed under the Christmas tree. Yet, while these are things that I love about Christmas, they aren’t part of the Christmas spirit that I want or need most in my home at Christmastime.

Peace. Joy. Love. These are what I need and want the most at Christmas.

Christmas is always a busy season, but it is important that we take the time to cultivate the true Christmas spirit into our homeschool. Our children need to know what Christmas really should look and sound like, which makes the Christmas spirit a perfect study for your holiday homeschool.

There are many ways that you could study or focus on Jesus as the reason for the Christmas season. However, I’ve found that in the midst of the hustle, bustle and commercialization of the Christmas season, that peace, joy and love are what we need to cultivate the most in our home at Christmastime. After all, they are at the center of Jesus’ life story!

When we look back at the night that Jesus was born we find peace and joy mentioned as part of Jesus’ birth story.

Luke 2:14 – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Matthew 2:10 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Luke 2:10 – And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Love is the very heart of God! He truly loves us and sent Jesus to earth because of His great love for us.

John 3:16 – 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.

1 John 4:10 – Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:19 – We love him, because he first loved us.

How to Cultivate the Christmas Spirit Your Homeschool (and your home!)

  • Peace

Begin each day with quiet time and prayer.

Complete a Bible word study for ‘peace’ or use the A Season of Joy study together as a family.

Sing Christmas carols together that speak of peace.

Speak softly to each other throughout the day.

Children will need to be reminded of this, remember to be peaceful in your response.

Play classical Christmas music in the background of your day.

While you and even your children may not notice it, often playing classical music quietly will cultivate peaceful spirits.

Light a candle in your kitchen or living room.

Each time you pass through the room say a prayer for your family and your home to be filled with peace.

Complete a hymn study.

Select a hymn that focuses on peace and study the lyricist and composer.

Use the lyrics for copywork.

Turn on your diffuser.

If you use essential oils in your home, place a few drops of Peace and Calming, Stress Away or Lavender into your diffuser each day.

End each day with quiet time and prayer.

Read a christian Christmas storybook as a family.

Take turns praying for your lives and your home to be filled with peace.

  • Joy

Begin each day with quiet time and prayer.

Complete a Bible word study for ‘joy’ or use the A Season of Joy study together as a family.

Sing Christmas carols together that speak of joy.

Speak kindly and smile when you speak to each other throughout the day.

Cultivate joyful, kind responses by speaking kindly!

Often how we are spoken to and our facial expressions affect how we respond.

Complete a hymn study.

Select a hymn that focuses on the joy of the Lord and study the lyricist and composer.

Use sheet music for music practice (instrumental or vocal).

Make time to laugh together as a family.

Play a game of charades or telephone.

Have a movie night and watch a family friendly comedy.

Discuss what the word ‘joy’ means to each family member.

True joy isn’t just a feeling, it comes from the Lord.

Often children mistake being happy for joy. If this is the case in your homeschool time have your students define ‘happy’ and ‘joy’. For older students you could have them write a paragraph (or paper) about the difference between the two.

End each day with quiet time and prayer.

Read a christian Christmas storybook as a family.

Take turns praying for your lives and your home to be filled with joy.

  • Love

Begin each day with quiet time and prayer.

Complete a Bible word study for ‘love’ or use the A Season of Joy study together as a family.

Sing Christmas carols together that speak of love.

Say ‘I Love You’ the first and last time you see each family member and anytime they leave the house.

This may seem simple and you may already do it, but we are only sure of the moment we are in.

We don’t know what tomorrow holds, ensure your family is confident of your love.

Study the love of God.

Read the book of Hosea or 1 John together and discuss the different aspects of God’s love.

Watch Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea to learn about the amazing love of God.

Leave family love notes to be found.

Sometimes it is easy to write what you love about someone on a piece of paper than it is to say it with words.

Notes can be saved to be reminded that you’re loved during difficult times.

Complete a hymn study.

Select a hymn that focuses on love and study the lyricist and composer.

Create a work of art featuring the title or lyrics of the hymn.

Have each member of your family take a love language quiz.

This will help each of you understand, identify and show love in ways that matter most!

Love Languages Quiz for Adults, Love Languages Quiz for Teens and Love Languages Quiz for Children.

End each day with quiet time and prayer.

Read a christian Christmas storybook as a family.

Take turns praying for your lives and your home to be filled with love.


Cultivating a Christmas spirit in your homeschool or your home is important. It is so easy to become distracted by what Christmas has become and forget the reason for the Christmas season. I pray that these simple suggestions for cultivating peace, joy and love fill your home with the Christmas spirit that your heart truly longs for!

How do you cultivate a true Christmas spirit in your homeschool and home?

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