To Freshen up your Friday and your holidays, I’d like to share a few ideas with you today of ways you can keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebration this year.
- Make baby Jesus in the Manger cookies. These are the haystack cookies, one bag of butterscotch chips and 1/2 C peanut butter melted in the microwave and then poured over 5 oz. can Chow Mein Noodles. Place in mounds on baking sheet, lined with waxed paper. Place a small gingerbread man, sugar cookie man (or Teddy Graham, as I had to do!) on top, to represent Jesus sleeping on the hay, then place in fridge to harden. Talk to your children about how Jesus was born in a barn, and laid in a manger.
I didn’t have time to bake little gingerbread men for Baby Jesus,
but that would be a great addition to this yummy snack.
- Read a little of the Christmas story each night. Have your children act out that part of the story. You might even come up with some props and costumes using sheets, a cane for a staff, etc.
- Focus on giving to others, remembering that God gave to us at Christmas the best Gift when He gave us His Son to be born. Find a family you can be a blessing to – either with gifts or acts of service.
- Go caroling to your neighbors. Be sure to sing some of the songs of Jesus birth, and finish with “We wish you a Merry Christmas!”
- Look for people you could invite over for Christmas Day. Is there someone who would be alone unless you invite them? Welcome them into your home as Christ welcomes us to Him!
- Add touches of the Christmas Story in your decor. Manger scenes, stars, Shepherds, etc.
- Teach your children a new Christmas Carol and sing it at supper each night.
- Make crafts about Christ’s birth. Something like this…
There are plenty of other craft ideas on the Internet. Use the craft time to talk about Christ’s birth.
9. Read a Christmas plan from You Version.
10. Spend time reading God’s Word,singing and praying before opening gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
I’m going to end with a song that is so fitting for the theme of longing to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas. Lord, I want your presence for Christmas. Enjoy…