Do your children know Christmas is about CHRIST?
Want to help them learn to celebrate His birth and make it FUN for the kiddos too?
So here are three timely tips for making much about Jesus at Christmas…for the kiddos in your life.
If you’re like me, that may mean you too.
1-Invite Jesus to join you.
Ever thought about sending Jesus an invitation to HIS Birthday Party at your house? We send a letter to Santa, so why not jump on this idea? Kids love birthday parties and we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. So throw Him a birthday party at your house! Can’t you simply see the cute invitations?
- 3 gifts from the Magi
- JESUS – wrapped in swaddling cloths
Any one – or all – of these would be lovely.
2-Wrap a gift for Baby Jesus – and donate it.
Consider the following places:
- Hospital nursery
- Local shelter/mission
WHAT kind of present? Consider what we swaddle babies in:
- Layette or baby gown
- Baby blanket or booties
Consider all 3 gifts wrapped as one – kinda like being the Magi delivering three gifts for the precious baby. I can SEE the kiddos wearing CROWNS on their heads as they deliver the gifts, all dressed up in gorgeous garb (Think Aladdin – prince – outfit for the boys and Jasmine – princess – for the girls since this is the era and the area the Magi came from.
3-Read the Birthday Story of Jesus to your children.
What if your tradition becomes reading this passage of scripture to celebrate CHRIST each year prior to opening any other CHRISTmas gifts?
Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)
Christ Born of Mary
2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
We celebrate Christ at Christmas, yet we get the gifts.
What if we make one little change and begin telling the Birth Story of Jesus – by celebrating HIS… Click To Tweet
Is that a blessed way to make much about Jesus at Christmas? Did you know the basic salvation message is contained in the angel’s announcement: this child is savior, Messiah, and Lord? Or that Luke is the only gospel writer to use the title savior for Jesus (Lk 2:11; Acts 5:31; 13:23; see also Lk 1:69; 19:9; Acts 4:12)? According to the notes at BibleGateway.com, Jesus is looked upon by Luke as the one who rescues humanity from sin and delivers humanity from the condition of alienation from God. The title christos, “Christ,” is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew māšîaḥ, “Messiah,” “anointed one.”
Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus Christ, Messiah, anointed one and my savior!
And Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.
What a beautiful message, Susan, about some ways that we can celebrate Christ more intentionally this year! Thank you for sharing such practical and thoughtful ideas with us today. We are blessed by your post and your ministry!
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