Ways to keep your mind on Christ during Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2013

Sometimes family and cultural traditions trump Jesus on Christmas.

It shouldn’t happen. But it does.

I don’t want that to be my story. I am always going to enjoy visiting family, watching Christmas movies, looking at lights, eating loads of food, giving presents, and playing games. No doubt. God likes those things, too. But I also want to remember that Christmas is the day Christians set aside to celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us.

Here are some ideas to help center Christmas day on Christ:

  • Worship at a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day church service
  • Read the Christmas story aloud (Luke 2:1-20 or Matthew 1:18-2:12)
  • Bust out a guitar, piano, or cd player and sing Christmas hymns together (dancing allowed)
  • Pray together before a meal, thanking God for sending Jesus
  • Watch a local Christmas pageant presentation, or re-create one with your family
  • Begin the day in prayer, one-on-one
  • Instead of exchanging presents among adult extended relatives, have everyone pitch in to donate money to a worthy cause.
  • Write in a journal about some of your favorite encounters with God during the past year
  • Serve among the homeless or other kind of ministry as a family

Doing just one or two of these God-mindful activities can help a lot in combating the tendency towards attachments to less-worthy things on Christmas day. But these are only a few possibilities. Do you have any other ideas?

1 Reply to "Ways to keep your mind on Christ during Christmas"

  • Emily
    January 7, 2014 (2:06 am)

    I once heard a good idea for Christmas morning, and I’d like to start the tradition at our house. When setting up a nativity for December, keep an empty spot for Baby Jesus. On Christmas morning, you can place Baby Jesus in the proper place as a family. Some families opt to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus as a way to get their kids to understand partly the celebration of opening gifts. We sang with Nathan this year while holding the Jesus from our nativity. He really enjoyed it, and I look forward to him understanding/participating more as he gets older.

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