Friday, December 10, 2010

More Fun Ideas for a Meaningful Chirstmas

These ideas below and the ones I have shared this past week all came from my Christmas Fat File. Many were originally taken from here, here and the book 52 Simple Ways to Make Christmas Special by Jan Dargatz.

Below are 5 fun ideas to help your children focus on the real meaning of Christmas. I will share another 4 ideas next week! As always, I would love to hear your ideas, your family traditions, your special ways of making Christmas meaningful. I need one more idea to make next week's list a list of 5 too. So shoot me an email or leave a comment!

1. Look at Christmas Lights & Remember Jesus is the Light of the World

As you drive around neighborhoods and downtown looking at Christmas lights, talk about how Jesus is the Light of the World. Read John 8:12. Talk about how Jesus came to earth to be our light, so that we no longer have to live in the darkness of sin. Talk about how Jesus wants our light to shine through our hearts and lives and how we can make this happen. After the light drive and discussion, each time you turn on your tree lights, say, “Jesus is the light of the world!” Children love the repetition and learn from it.

2. Build A Gingerbread House and Share About a House in Heaven that is even cooler than the ones we build with lots of candy and frosting.


As you build a gingerbread house with your kids or the Sunday School class you are teaching, talk about all the houses Jesus has lived in: heaven, stable/earth, our hearts, and heaven again. Go here to find a story you can read to your kids about gingerbread houses and about how Jesus is preparing us a “perfect place to live”, called Heaven, and how we can all live forever with Him one day.


3. Give Hope to Others

As a family, do one or many of the following each year: visit a nursing home or homeless shelter and take small gifts for people, make a meal or treat for a new neighbor or someone in need, pack a shoebox for a child thru Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, invite a widowed woman or someone who is alone to share a meal, shovel snow for elderly neighbors, etc.

Click here for a story I wrote last year about a gal who shared hope and joy with single moms and their children by using her coupon stash!!

And look at these gift bags another couponer made for women with unexpected preganancie who come into Bethany Christian Services looking for support and answers. This gal used her coupon stash and her scrapbooking skills to share love and hope with others. I am telling you: this coupon stuff not only blesses your family, but can so be used to bless our community.


4. Use your Christmas Cards as Prayer Cards

Place Christmas cards you receive in a basket near your dining table. After the holidays, read one card at dinner each night and pray for that family.


Trina who has 3 boys ages 7, 5, and 18 months emailed this idea. Trina has a card display near her dinner table. During dinner she and her hubby and her kids play "I spy" to find the newest Christmas cards. They then talk about memories they have shared with those people. What a great way for their children to connect to their far-away family members. This year Trina is going to make sure they pray for those people that day, too!

And that picture of the basket of Christmas cards came from the blog A Soft Place to Land. Click here to see what she does with her Christmas cards.

5. Celebrate the Names of Jesus with Adorenaments

Jesus is so much more than a baby in a manger! Adorenaments by Family Life Publishers contains a 24 page paperback book and 12 ornaments, each illustrating a name given to Jesus in Scripture. We have this set and enjoy it every year. Holidays are filled with so many teachable moments. This set makes it easy to "teach".

And if you missed my previous posts of Christmas ideas, click here.

3 comments:

  1. love your posts Su :)

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  2. We are starting the Christmas Card basket idea- thanks Su!

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  3. Thank you for this thoughtful, beautiful post.

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