Are you already knee deep in decorations, cookie-baking? Are you struggling to put up your Christmas tree and get everything done this Christmas Season? Christmas has become so commercialized and secular, its centered-on shopping, and Instagram worthy pictures. It’s no longer about Jesus’ birth. How, exactly, do we put Christ back in Christmas? We can do something every day for someone else.

  1. Plan a project or service. Adopt a family that could use some help. Or help an elderly neighbor or sick friend.
  2. Gather some friends and family and go Christmas caroling in a nursing home.
  3. Give a surprise gift of service to someone. Even He, son of God served others by washing the disciple’s feet. You could offer a single mother a few hours of watching her children.
  4. Do a family devotion. Instead of rushing to open gifts read Luke 2:1-20 and discuss the true meaning of Christmas.
  5. Have a Christian Christmas movie night? Pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate and enjoy your family and friends.
  6. Attend a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day church service. Remember the true meaning of the day isn’t about the gifts you receive.
  7. Write a Christmas letter to a missionary or soldier away from home.
  8. Present Jesus as the Best Gift. Share the gospel with someone.
  9. Send cards that say Merry Christmas not Xmas.
  10. Sing songs about Jesus not “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Frosty the Snowman.”
  11. Explain the meaning of the Christmas colors. Red symbolizes blood—necessary to produce life. Evergreen plants like holly and mistletoe are used at Christmastime to represent Christ’s life and eternal nature. Bright gold is an oft-used representation of the sun and the Son (meaning the Son of God) and is used at Christmastime to bring light into the darkness. White represents purity and the triumph of good over evil, two powerful themes at Christmastime.
  12. Decorate with Christmas symbols and décor. Have a manger, wreath, and star on top of your tree.
  13. Discuss the symbolism of the candy cane. It’s shaped like a J for the name of Jesus. White is for the purity of His virgin birth. The bold red strip represents God’s love.
  14. Take the family and go drive around to see Christmas lights. Remind your family that Jesus is the light of the world.
  15. Create a “Tree of Light”, take an afternoon, and make Christmas Stars. Hang them all on a small tree. Read versus John 8:12, John 9:5 and John 12:46.
  16. Explain the true meaning behind the Circular Christmas Wreath. Jesus is the reason for the season with His endless love.
  17. Discuss the Prominence of Angels in the Christmas Story. An angel announced Christ’s birth. Angels appear throughout the bible.
  18. Bring the story of Christ birth to life. Read Luke 2:1-20. Show the location on a biblical map and compare it to a map now.
  19. Instead of an advent calendar, consider highlighting all the names of Jesus and His Characteristics.
  20. Make Jesus a Birthday cake.
  21. Instead of an Elf on the Shelf move baby Jesus around to show He is everywhere and sees everything.
  22. Read Revelations 11:15 ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’
  23. Write family prayer requests, have each member of the family write a person prayer for the new year.
  24. Observe Advent with your family. Advent means “coming”. Talk about His second coming and how Christians anticipate His arrival.
  25. Light advent candles. Consider lighting an advent candle each Sunday and reading the appropriate Bible passages.
  26. Focus on gifts that Exemplify Loving Others. Instead of running around trying to find the perfect gift. Consider instead supporting a ministry or giving gifts that provide help to those in need in their honor.
  27. Pray a special Christmas Prayer. Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
  28. Commit to praying with friends. Deepen your prayer life by sharing your prayer time with others. Or join a study group that meets together and supports one another thru their daily life.
  29. Forgive Someone. Jesus came to forgive our sins, and we, too, are obligated to forgive. Consider who and how to forgive, whether it’s a person you need to ask for forgiveness, or a private moment between you and God.
  30. Volunteer to Help the Homeless. Do not be so quick to judge. Jesus didn’t pick and choose who He offered help to, and we shouldn’t either.
  31. Pray, pray as a family, ask God to strengthen your family.