7 Ways Your Children Can Have a Jesus-Focused Christmas
In America, we are bombarded with all sorts of distractions that pull us away from the real meaning of Christmas. As a parent, I want to protect my children from the “consumer/give-me” mentality that so easily ensnares us. I want them to see Jesus! I want to use Christmas to share the Gospel with my children in hopes that they will admit, believe and confess their need for Jesus. I want them to grow up thinking of ways that they can share the Gospel with others during the Christmas season, and prepare them to one day lead their families to Jesus.
There are many creative ways available to share Jesus with your children during the Christmas season. I want to list a few that I’ve seen or used, and then add one of my own ways to focus your children on Jesus during Christmas.
1. Create a Jesse Tree. This activity walks through the Old and New Testaments outlining the picture of redemption from creation through Jesus’ birth. http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/jessetrees.shtml
2. Talk about how people in other countries celebrate Christmas, focusing on the idea that God loves people of all nations and sent Jesus for everyone in the world. http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/
3. Use things that you might normally do, like lighting a Christmas tree, to make a biblical point and to link the tradition to Jesus. An example would be, “Did you know the Bible says Jesus came to earth to be the Light of the world?” Explain what that means and show them where it is in the Bible. http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/12/family-traditions-that-keep-christ-at-the-center-of-christmas.html
4. Give to others. Perhaps one of the best ways to involve the whole family in sharing God’s love is by serving others. Teach your children to have a giving mentality since God gave us His Son, Jesus. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/12/the-grateful-christmas-project-7-ways-to-have-more-grateful-kids-this-christmas/
5. Celebrate with candy. Use the classic candy cane to share the salvation story. http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/25/story-candy-cane/
6. I think it is very important to figure out for yourself how you are going to proceed with Christmas: deciding on your convictions before trying to bestow them on your children. You and your husband should decide these things together, and agree about how to deal with things like: Santa, gift giving, with the “better be good” mentality, etc. Here is a good article to help you think things through for yourself. http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2011/11/29/the-christmas-conundrum
7. Here’s an easy way to share Jesus with children during the Christmas season that I created:
C- Christ (Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2; John 1:14-18; John 3:16)
H- Heavenly Host (Luke 2:13-14)
R- Righteous (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 2:5-18)
I- Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Revelation 21:3)
S- Shepherds (Isaiah 40:11; Luke 2: 8-20)
T- The Wise Men (Matthew 2: 1-12)
M- Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26- 56)
A- Adoration (Matthew 2:2; Luke 2:20; Luke 1:68-75; Revelation 15: 4)
S- Salvation (Isaiah 12; Isaiah 47:4; Luke 2:30; Acts 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:9)
I hope this Christmas season will be filled with Jesus-focused activities and gatherings at your house and mine.