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Ideas For A Christ-Centered Christmas
While Christmas approaches, everyone all across the world is getting ready, making their lists, shopping for the perfect gifts and planning their new and innovative party ideas for the biggest celebration of the year. Of course, your Christmas celebration should be full of shopping, partying, decorating, servicing, gifting and caroling.
Church ServiceAttend the Christmas service with your family at your local church. As you sing carols together, reflect on the true meaning of the season. You can also bake some goodies for your pastor and his family to make them feel special and loved.
A Special Birthday PartyCreate a festive atmosphere with lots of decoration and include some activities for the little ones too. Plan for making a gingerbread church or nativity where you can keep baby Jesus and his family. Don't forget to bring gifts for Jesus! Take turns telling what gifts each family member is bringing to Christ for Christmas this year, whether it's a commitment to be kinder to others or a charity donation, this is a very powerful way to remember and share His love this season.
A Star, A StarAs you top the tree with a star this year, explain the significance of what the star means and why it is important. Make a point to remember Christ's birth every time you see the tree and the star shining brightly atop it.
The NativityIn addition to a Christmas tree, Christian families sometimes opt for a nativity display. As you set up and place each piece inside the manger together, your family will be reminded of the true meaning for the season.
The First ChristmasWithout the story of the very first Christmas, there would be no Christmas as we know it today. Don't forget to read stories of the first Christmas! If you are reading from the Bible, most families prefer Luke's version of the story. There are also many children's books about this holy night that tell the story in a more kid-friendly way.
Family TimeTaking Christ's love as an example, draw your family in close this Christmas. Include more family fun activities and take a break from your regular gadgets to focus on one another. Play games or talk as a family, involve everyone in decoration and go for a holiday family outing in this fabulous festive season.
Christmas CardsPlan to place a variety of Christmas cards on your dinner table so that you can read a card every night during the dinner time. Families with teenagers can also arrange a sleepover party under a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Include all those fun activities that will make each one of you happy and excited for a wonderful Christ-centered Christmas this December.
Christ FirstA great way to ensure Christ is the center of the Christmas holiday is to put Him first. Before any stockings are opened, gifts unwrapped or holiday meals consumed, say a prayer of thanks for His blessings and love. And above all else, thank Him for the gift of Christmas!
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