For many of us, Christmas may look different this year. A lot of families gather together and have large gatherings and dinner parties. This year, some may not. Some families are intentionally making changes to their Christmas celebrations in meaningful ways.
Because this year has been so challenging in different ways for all of us, I believe that those of who celebrate Christmas should make it special. By special, I don’t mean extravagant with a lot of toys for the kids and huge parties, but it is important now, more than ever to be intentional about the meaning of this holiday.
Here, I am going to share some ideas of how to make Christmas this year meaningful, and acknowledge that Jesus is the reason for this holiday.
- Incorporate prayer into Christmas day.
My husband and I have always made sure that we had family prayer time before opening gifts. We love the Lord, and He is the foundation of our home. Being that Jesus’ birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas, we make sure that we give thanks for salvation, family, and gifts before we even open anything.
2. Create a new tradition.
Something that we are doing differently this year is putting up a cross. My husband made a cross earlier this year to carry around town when he evangelizes. He ended up giving it to one of his friends but will make another one. We may still put up a tree, but we want an actual cross in our house to remind us of why Jesus came to earth. Another suggestion for a new family tradition you could incorporate is to pick a game that you all can play together after the gifts are opened and everyone has settled down. For some, you may all just go your own way after gifts are opened, but make sure you are all spending quality time with each other as well.
3. Send out Christmas cards.
This one is sort of obvious and something that a lot of people do anyway, but I have never done it and will be doing it this year. Just to acknowledge those who are in your life, but may not see all of the time is probably even more important this year because a lot of us have not been spending much time with family members this year anyway because of Covid.
4. Make a cake for Jesus.
I know a lot of families who do this every year. My family has only done it once, but if you want to honor the Lord in a new way this year that you never have, make a cake and sing happy birthday to acknowledge the actual reason why you are celebrating Christmas.
5. Volunteer at a soup kitchen before, on, or after Christmas.
Some people do this all of the time, but it is something you can choose to do during this time of the year. And even get your kids involved to teach them to be servants of the Lord and love people.
6. Make gift bags for the homeless or an orphanage.
This idea does not have to be expensive. Most of the essentials that homeless people need can be found at Dollar Tree. I’d include things like socks, hand sanitizer, and lotion, nail clippers, sanitary pads for women, toothbrushes, and toothpaste as well as facial tissues.
7.Do something to intentionally share Jesus with your unsaved family members.
This is something I want to do, but have not thought of what yet. I really want to send everyone a Bible, but am sure most would not even read them. Pray, and ask the Lord what to do!
There are so many ways to center Christmas around Jesus, spend time with your loved ones, and enjoy yourselves. These are just a few suggestions, but get creative and challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before.
8. Have your kids pick a gift for each other.
That way, they are giving to each other, instead of all of the gifts coming from Mom and Dad.
God bless you all in the mighty name of Jesus, and I pray that you have a great end of the year 2020!