Taking A Closer Look at How Christ-Centered Our Christmas Traditions Are
I couldn’t believe it! Was it really true? Had we lost Jesus? How was I supposed to tell the nativity story without Jesus?
We searched high and low for Jesus. He wasn’t anywhere to be found. Under tables, under couches, in baskets — nowhere.
I was officially the worst Christian mom on the planet. I had lost Jesus on Christmas Eve.
That’s how I felt anyway. I felt horrible. I was so excited to go through the Nativity story using our sweet, little Fisher Price nativity set. However, we had left it out all season for the kids to play with and somehow on this night — Christmas Eve — we just couldn't find him.
How true is this for so many homes though, at this time of year? With all the hustle and bustle of the season’s festivities and fun, we often lose sight of Jesus. It’d be horrible to plan out and host an elaborate birthday party for someone and then forget to invite the honored guest. Yet, it’s almost too easy to do just that at Christmas time. We can get so focused on planning holiday fun and forget why we are doing all the celebrating.
Losing Jesus Made Me Think About Our Traditions!
I love traditions. We have so many wonderful traditions we celebrate all year round. However, losing Jesus that Christmas made me stop to think through why we have traditions.
We have traditions to build family unity, add fun, and create memories. However, our Christmas traditions should be about creating a love and appreciation for the ultimate gift that we received that first Christmas night: Jesus!
I was reminded to slow down, remember our “reason for the season,” and plan a few traditions that focus on adding Christ into our Christmas festivities.
One fun way to do this is to break down many of our normal Christmas traditions. What do I mean by this? Let me explain.
Did you know that most of the traditions we celebrate at Christmas have Christian roots? They do! It’s so much fun to explore the history and meaning behind why we all do what we do at Christmas time.
Here are just a few ideas to get you going for your Christmas season. Sometimes we just pick one theme to focus on and try to figure out all the different activities we can do surrounding that theme (like we did last year with candy canes). We love Christmas books in our house, so I've included a few of our favorite books and movies.
CHRISTMAS TREES & LIGHTS:
We all lug out the artificial tree from the garage or go find the most beautiful one for our budget at the tree lot. Why? Because Martin Luther lugged an evergreen tree into his house over 100 years ago when he was struck by the beauty of a starry night and the fact that God is an everlasting God! He even stuck candles on it to tell his children how Jesus was the Light of the world.
My Favorite Books on Christmas Trees:
GIFT GIVING & COOKIE GIVING:
I’ll give you one hint as to why we give gifts at Christmas time: Jesus! Giving gifts is a way to remind each other that God gave us our best gift at Christmas. However, did you know that there is tradition even in the giving of cookies? There is!
My Favorite Book that Tells the Story:
CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS & ST. NICK:
Yes, as un-Christian as many think Santa is, he started off being very Christ-focused. St. Nicholas was a wonderful Christian man who secretly gave to the poor. His most famous story was about when he put coins in the stocking of three sister’s hanging laundry — enough for each one’s dowry. I will say that what we’ve made Santa to be today is not so Christian anymore. Personally, we put our own twist on the Santa tradition and remember him as St. Nick.
My Favorite Books & Movie on Christmas Stockings & St. Nicholas
CHRISTMAS CANDY CANES:
Last year I wrote about how we celebrate with candy canes. There are a ton of fun things you can do with candy canes that point us back to Christ at Christmas time. In the post, I share a bit about the history of the candy cane, as well as 10 fun activities to add a “twist” to your Christmas.
My Favorite Book that Tells the Story:
Jesse Tree is one of my favorite newish traditions! We've been doing Jesse Tree for a few years now. However, last year I went to a fun Jesse Tree party where 25 of us came together and shared homemade ornaments (okay, not all of them were homemade and that’s okay). I created a little printable Bible devotion that you can use to simplify your Jesse Tree Advent countdown. See my fun post about it and learn more about the printable here.
My Favorite Books on Jesse Tree:
MORE FUN CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS!
One of my favorite books with fun Christmas Advent ideas is Lisa Whelchel's The ADVENTure of Christmas! She did an incredible job putting together lots of fun traditions and activities to do at Christmas time.
My Favorite Books on Christmas Traditions:
We Did Find Jesus…
February! Believe it or not, we found Jesus in February. After all the boxes were already put away in the garage. And by “put away,” I mean put up high in the hanging storage area we have. There was no tossing the figurine back in the Christmas boxes — not that I’d toss Jesus around.
Now how was I supposed to keep from losing him again?
I had an idea. We were going to keep Jesus with us all year long. He became a year round decoration on our mantle. He was there when I put up the hearts, clovers, red, white, & blue, fall leaves — and finally, he made it all the way to Christmas.
This Christmas pick one element of our Christmas traditions and make it your theme. Don’t lose Jesus in the busyness of Christmas. Make Him front and center in your plans for the holiday. Slow down and enjoy your greatest gift this year and every year! — Jesus!
How about you? What is your favorite holiday tradition for remembering the “reason for the season?”
Free Christmas Printable!!
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