With all the hustle and bustle during the holidays, don’t we all need some reminders about the reason for the season? Here are ten ideas of how you can focus some of your time on Christ Jesus the Lord.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'” Luke 2:10
1. Sort your playlist – Collect and listen to songs about the birth of Jesus. Save winter songs (like White Christmas and Let It Snow) separately to listen to on a cold night when you curl up with hot cocoa and a good book. Delete goofball Santa songs; you will hear them enough in the grocery store.
2. Sing Christmas carols – Get a hymnal for your home to sing through all the verses of your favorite carols about Jesus’ birth . Go caroling with a group around the neighborhood or in a nursing home. Sing at church even if you’re not always on pitch; everybody sounds better in a group.
3. Read the Bible story from Luke 2:1-21 – Don’t forget to read verse 21, the naming of the baby. Take careful note of what is actually written in the Bible narrative and what is NOT. May we all respond to the story like Mary, who treasured these things and pondered them in her heart.
4. Read the other gospels and consider why they have written different perspectives on the incarnation of Christ.
5. Compare the prophesies and fulfillment – Make a list of the prophesies about the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and the references from the gospels of how Jesus fulfilled them. One year, I made paper ornaments with the prophesy verse on one side and the fulfillment verse on the other.
6. Don’t stop your Bible reading with the first day or week of the life of Jesus. Read all the way to the end of the book. Jesus was born to die. Spoiler Alert: He rises in victory over sin and death!
7. Host a birthday party for Jesus with decorations and cake. Children can bring gifts of toys that can be donated to charity. Give fun gospel tracts as party favors.
8. In addition to any delicate creches that you display, be sure to have a nativity set that children can play with. Start the season reading the Bible account and reenacting the scene as accurately as possible before allowing children to play and imagine the scene on their own. Since the wise men arrived long after the night Jesus was born, we like to put them across the room and move them closer after Christmas.
9. Prepare a gift that expresses gospel salvation for every person to open on Christmas morning. It could be a beautifully printed copy of Bible verses, a tract, or something to use throughout the year as a reminder of Jesus Christ, such as a cross necklace, a scented candle, or even a stuffed lamb.
10. Write a thank you note to Jesus after Christmas. If you are saved, then you have much to be thankful for. If your children have heard the gospel message, they can thank God for sending people to tell them about salvation through Jesus Christ.
“Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14
Do you have other suggestions for putting Christ into our Christmas plans? Please share your ideas in the comments below.