Beginning on November 1st every year we are inundated with all things Christmas!
Some stores start way earlier than this but I try to ignore any Christmas stuff until November 1st. 😜
Just to be honest, I love it! I love Christmas! I love the music, movies, food, really everything about the holiday.
It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Unfortunately, the crazy thing about this time of the year is how much pressure there is to forget to celebrate the special gift.
Think about it. 95% of the Christmas movies are about Santa or family or finding love. Music is some better. Decorations, well, they can get out of hand. Simply put, it can all be a distraction from the most important gift.
When you live with your priorities in order, you want to enjoy the season while making it impactful for our families. Think about it like this, if we don’t make Jesus, the reason for the season, a priority, he will not be one.
We must be on purpose with our days, our time, and our Christmas!
Isn’t it funny how that works? The most important thing about Christmas is often the thing we forget the quickest.
The most important thing about Christmas doesn’t scream at us like the other stuff. It doesn’t push the door in. The true meaning of Christmas waits patiently for us to invite it in. When we invite Christ into our Christmas, our hearts are ready for Him to be there.
Christ is ready to be invited into your Christmas!
Here’s several things that I love doing with my family to invite Christ into our Christmas every year! I hope you enjoy your Intentional Christmas this year.
Have a Bible reading plan for yourself. I love getting in the Word at Christmas. It rejuvenates me and prepares my heart for worship all season long. Use a reading plan for your family, too. Just make sure you have some alone time with God.
Act out the Nativity. You heard me. Get the towels out. Make sheep with the white ones, wrap some around your head, and love on a baby doll. If your kid knows the story, let them tell it and the adults act it out. Set a date for the big night and have fun with it.
Have Nativities out to play with. I know some Nativities are expensive and have great sentimental value but find one or buy one that the kids can put their hands on. It’s not a big deal if they break it, really. We love our Fisher Price Nativity for this.
Hide and Seek Nativity. Take several days to put the Nativity together with your kids. Hide the stable on the first day, sheep on the second, shepherds on the third, etc. End your hunting days with Baby Jesus. A friend of mine gives prizes for the child who finds the item first.
Find some good books for your kids. There are so many good CHRISTmas books out there. Go to christianbook.com or a local bookstore to find some great books about the true gift of Christmas.
Download a great advent countdown for your kids. I like this one. It has a Bible verse for every day of December. We have personally enjoyed them for a few years now. We take a few minutes every evening to read the verse and pray before bed. It’s a great way to end each day in December.
Do something for someone else. There are so many great opportunities to help people in need. Ring bells, make a shoe box, or hand out toys to needy kids. Encourage your kids to give from their toys, too. Help them see that it’s better to give than to receive. Generosity counts this season!!
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
Make some treats to share with someone who needs a visitor. Spend some time with them, too. Don’t just take the treats and leave. They’ll love the company.
Go Christmas caroling. Get a group from church or a group of friends and spread some joy by singing.
Have your kids write thank you letters to friends, family, and teachers. Make sure they say something they love about the person.
Limit secular Christmas decorations. I will not lie I have several movie themed ornaments on my tree and I have some Santa related decorations, too. I enjoy these items and I can still be intentional about the real reason for the season. If 99% of your decorations are secular, what does that say? All things in moderation, right?
Make Christmas morning extra special by reading the story of Jesus’ birth. Last year we had an extra special present under the tree. It was a simple, small gift that had no name tag. I tucked it way in the back so it would be the last present. After everything had been opened, this little gift was left under the tree. Everyone was curious as to what this small gift was, so we opened it together. It was baby Jesus from our Nativity. The Nativity in our living room was missing Jesus!! And no one had even noticed that he was missing!! However, when we open up the special gift everyone knew where Jesus was. He was right there with us! This year, I will put the Christmas story in this box to read after Jesus makes it back to the Nativity. This is a great way to show our kids what is really important at Christmas time.
How will you invite Christ into your Christmas?