Don't Forget Jesus this Christmas!


Don't forget Jesus this Christmas!

The Christmas season is filled with wonder, joy, happiness, and endless to do lists. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the different things we want to do with our kids at Christmas that we forget about spending fun, quality time with them just talking about Jesus and the real story of his birth and why he came. As we get closer to Christmas and you feel like this is something you are struggling with, don’t worry, you are not alone. Parents everywhere struggle to fit it all in. So, here are a few ideas to help you keep Jesus front and center as Christmas approaches. Please keep in mind these are ideas to help you settle down with your kids, have some fun, create some memories, and help them grow closer in their relationship with Jesus. This is NOT another to do list or something to stress over because you can't possibly do everything. Just start somewhere. Choose activities that fit your family and your schedule and modify them as necessary. Here's to making Christmas Merry?

Much Love

Steph Schleyer

Director of Family Ministry

Stephanie.schleyer@newhope.org

  1. Set up a Nativity scene and put it in a prominent place in your home. If you have little ones make sure to set up one they can touch and play with like Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set or Playmobil 1.2.3 Christmas Manger Set.

  2. Do an Advent calendar or devotional together as a family. Focus on the Family and Ministry-to-children.com have some great ideas. Download a free devotional here. Start wherever you are. Don’t stress about any days you miss. Remember, the point is to spend time with your kids talking about Jesus not to create another to do list.

  3. Make a paper chain to countdown the days until Christmas. On each day write a bible verse. Each day break off one piece of the chain and read the verse together. Some suggested verses include Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 2:10, Luke 2:12, Isaiah 9:6, Zechariah 9:9, Acts 5:31, Philippians 2:8-10, Isaiah 11:1, Matthew 1:21, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:30-31, Luke 2:15-16, Luke 2:10, Luke 2:11, Luke 2:14, John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 9:15, James 1:17. You can write the verse out on the chain or just the reference and then look the verse up together as a family.

  4. Make a birthday cake for Jesus.

  5. Give gifts that keep giving like making a donation to your favorite charity, purchase from the Feed My Starving Children Marketplace, or donate to local food bank like Lorton Community Action Center, etc.

  6. Watch a movie that tells the real Christmas story like “The Nativity Story” or “The Very First Noel”.

  7. Give three gifts to remind the kids of the three gifts Jesus received.

  8. Read the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2.

  • Give out different roles and act the story out.

  • Have different family members read the scripture to tell the story.

  • Divide the story up into as many pieces of the manger scene as you have. (If you have 5 pieces divide the story up into 5 different parts. If you have 12 pieces divide it up into 12 different parts.) Then, attach one part of the story with each manger scene piece. Wrap them up as gifts, (Be sure to number them so they can be opened in the correct order.) Have different family members open the gifts in order, read their scripture, then, put the manger piece in the scene.

  1. Attend Christmas Eve services together as a family. Invite friends along and have dinner together. End with cake and ice cream and sing Happy Birthday to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  2. Do something for someone else on Christmas day, serve at a shelter, visit a Children’s hospital or Assisted Living Center, or invite someone to dinner who might otherwise be alone.

  3. On Christmas morning hide the baby Jesus from your manger scene and have the kids seek him first before you open your gifts.

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