Ways To Make The Most Of Christmas This Year

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.

  1. 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!




  1. Kristin

    This is excellent! We are looking for a service project to do with our kids this year. It would be fun to bake a birthday cake for Jesus too…that’s something (so far) we’ve never done.

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  2. Sharon Hazel

    Some great ideas to try! Pinned to read again – thanks for sharing ☺

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks! And you are welcome <3

  3. Suz @ TravelsWithSuz.com

    Writing Xmas cards this week definitely got me into a holiday mood. ☺️

    • Amy Irvin

      I will be doing the same, soon πŸ™‚

  4. Tricia Snow

    I love learning about other traditions. We celebrate Hanukkah but these kind of traditions are always fun for the kids.

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  5. Keirsten

    I have been wanting to volunteer more & I definitely think it’s something that will be a part of my resolutions for next year.

    • Amy Irvin

      It’s a great thing to be a servant.

  6. Lisa Manderino

    I love all of these! Making it special is remember why we celebrate and doing things that will help us feel that Christmas spirit!

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  7. Tiffany

    Love these ideas. I like to take the focus off of physical gifts!

    • Amy Irvin

      I know. I don’t like to get caught up in materialism.

  8. Holly B

    Beautiful post with some truly inspiring ideas to make Christmas special this year and every year after!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thank you, Holly

  9. Lori

    Thanks for sharing your faith. We do some your suggestions and one of my favorite is the Christmas cards. We do cards and a letter. Thanks for sharing your faith.

    • Amy Irvin

      Cool! You’re welcome. God is good.

  10. Debbie

    I think Christmas cards would be welcomed by all and especially those that have been more isolated this year, like the elderly.

    • Amy Irvin

      Yeah, and sick people.

  11. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life

    New traditions are definitely on the menu this year. Zoom and FaceTime are our friends, lol. They allow us to stay connected, enjoy friends and family, and create a little festive cheer!

    • Amy Irvin

      Lol. Yes, Zoom and Facetime are a blessing for all.

  12. Sydney Delong-Eat Simply Sweet

    Great ideas! We also read the Christmas story out of the Bible on Christmas morning, before we open presents

    • Amy Irvin

      Oh, great idea!

  13. Lisa

    So many great ideas! I really like the idea of having kids pick out gifts for each other…that is so great!

    • Amy Irvin

      Yes! Thanks πŸ™‚

  14. Alexis Farmer

    These are all wonderful ideas πŸ–€

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks, Alexis

  15. Sabrina DeWalt

    Good ideas for making this year’s strange holidays special.

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  16. Chelsea

    New traditions are happening in our house. And I can’t say I mind. They’ve all be quite fun this year actually! My husband’s family grew up making a birthday cake and singing to Jesus on Christmas. I thought it was such a cool tradition. You have a lot of great options here. Thank you!

    • Amy Irvin

      Change can be a good thing!

  17. Sandra Barrett

    We always had a birthday cake for Jesus growing up and continued the tradition when our girls were young.

    • Amy Irvin

      Coool, Sister!

  18. Anna Gone Wild

    I love reading how you incorporate Jesus into your celebration. πŸ’“

    Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amy Irvin

      Ya welcome, and thanks, Anna πŸ™‚

  19. Barbara

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family!

    • Amy Irvin

      Merry Christmas and God bless ya!!

  20. Marianne

    We are sending out actual Christmas cards this year… something we haven’t done in a few years (its been mostly ecards). We figured old-school cards would be more appreciated, since we are forced to do so much else online nowadays.

    • Amy Irvin

      That’s how i see it! Everything’s virual now, so most would appreciate a physical card.

  21. Emily

    I love this! I sent Christmas cards to all my friends and family and I’m baking nearly every day. We should make the most of Christmas!

    • Amy Irvin

      Awesome! Yeah, t’s good to reach out to loved ones, especially at this time of year

  22. Shennamu

    Omg, love this post! My best friend and her husband actually put up a cross tree this year too!

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  23. Soul of a Southern Home

    I am so looking forward to mixing old traditions with new this Christmas! I definitely want to try to incorporate one of these suggestions!

    • Amy Irvin

      Change can be good! Mix the old with the new as long as each tradition introduced is centered around Jesus

  24. Denise Lenahan

    These are great and it’s surprising how many probably didn’t know these simple ideas they could do until someone shared them. Good job, they all are spot on. It’s true this year has taught us a lot of new ways. Merry Christmas to you and your family πŸŽ„ God bless.

    • Amy Irvin

      Merry Christmas and God bless you too, friend

  25. Danielle Ardizzone

    Great, timely suggestions! I feel guilty about not sending out Christmas cards for the past several years – maybe it will make me feel better if I give it a go this year!

    • Amy Irvin

      Yeah, and I’m sure most will appreciate it!

  26. Alice

    I love this! Jesus coming to earth to sacrifice himself for our sins.

    • Amy Irvin

      That’s love!

  27. Cindy Moore

    These are wonderful suggestions! I’ve been able to keep some of my traditions the same this year, while adding new ones and making adjustments where needed. It’s still a beautiful time of year.

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks, Cindy

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