At our house we feel it is very important that our Christmas is Christ centered. I used to put much more effort into the fluff that sometimes comes with December and soon realized that it just meant we didn’t focus on the reason for the season in our hearts and our home. We made a small shift to include these three Christ centered Christmas traditions in our home and it has created a more meaningful holiday for us. I am so glad we did!
3 Christ Centered Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Love:
1. Participating in Light The World as a family is a wonderful way to invite the spirit of Christ into your Christmas.
This is a movement that people all over the world participate in every December in an effort to light the world. Light the World is put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose is to encourage service to others, giving, charity and love during the holidays. This year I am excited to say that we created a service calendar and countdown chain as a daily reminder to Light the World. Choose whichever is best for your family or use them both!
2. Each day of December starting on the first we begin opening beautifully hand crafted wooden ornaments and reading a short devotional that goes with the ornament as a family.
New Traditions Craft provides a booklet with scriptures and quotes that aligns with each special ornament and we simply read it together then hang the ornament on our tree. My children anxiously await this each night! They love guessing each ornament inside the pull string bags and then finally pulling the ornament out each day. It has created meaning and magic around the Christmas story. We use our set year after year. Use “CFMFHE15” to save 15% on your 25 Days of Christ set. You will use it year after year! These sell out fast each year so don’t wait to get it!
3. Focus on Jesus Christ and the reason for the season by reading Christ centered books together.
Reading is something that happens daily at bedtime anyway so reading is a simple way to invite that peaceful Christmas spirit. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of those fun holiday books like Mooseltoe and Frosty the Snowman too! Over the years I have collected plenty! I am delighted to say that I have found that my children and I both enjoy these Christ centered books just as much! Something special happens when we read these books snuggled up together. We like to wrap our books up and put them under the tree for added fun!
This year we compiled a complete list of twenty five book titles we love during the holidays. Grab our darling clickable Christ Centered Book Calendar for free! As a PDF this lets you easily click on a book title and grab some of our favorite Christmas books for your collection this year. Don’t feel like you need to get them all, pick a handful each year and build your book stack little by little. Or grab them all, because maybe you are like me, and you just can’t help yourself! I am a book lover!
Bonus: ABC Christmas Countdown Poster
You can also pair any of these daily Christmas traditions with our ABC Christmas Countdown Poster. Color in symbol that goes with a letter each day as you read a Christ centered book, do an act of service, or add a Christ centered ornament to your tree. This poster comes in 3 sizes, 24×18, 36×24, or 48×36. Print and hang in your home to provide a great reminder to do your Christ centered activity each day. We love using these magnetic frames to hang prints like this. If you are a subscriber this poster is included in your account for free starting November 1st!
We hope that these three Christ Centered Christmas traditions will help your family come unto Christ this season.