How to Keep CHRIST at the Center of Your Holidays This Year


It was the craziest thing.

We packed the box just as we had every year.

However, when we opened it again on this particular year, something important was missing.


As our calendars signal the start of the 2016 holiday season, I wonder... how do we keep Jesus at the center of the holiday season? How do we intentionally keep our celebrations and our festivities focused on Christ? This post offers some very practical suggestions and ideas on how you can keep your focus and your family's focus on Jesus this year. Why not drop by for a visit?


Our little manger scene was beautiful, and we set it up every year in the living room.

It had it’s own special table on which to be displayed. Each piece was carefully wrapped in tissue paper and stored in a large box in the attic until the next holiday season.

As we rummaged through the box and the tissue paper, we simply could not find this one important piece for our manger scene.

It was, in fact, the essential piece of all.

We had lost the little wooden baby Jesus.

After looking everywhere, we finally had to accept the fact that our beautiful manger scene would have to be displayed without a baby Jesus.

Someone got the clever idea of wrapping some tissue into a shape that looked like swaddled clothes. We threw a little bit of scotch tape on the tissue to hold it into place. Then we placed it in the little trough where Jesus was “supposed” to go.

If you’d seen our manger scene, you would have thought there was a little-swaddled baby lying there. Most people did.

But, our family knew the truth… there was no Baby Jesus in that tissue.

The piece that was to be at the very center of the entire holiday season was forever lost.

And, if we are not careful, we can also go through the entire holiday season without really putting King Jesus at the center of our celebrations.

How can we make our celebrations over the coming days more focused on Him?

I’d like to suggest a few ways we can keep CHRIST at the center of our holidays this year:

First, we can keep Him right in the center of things by personally KNOWING the Christ of Christmas.

Do you know Him?

Not, do you know about Him; but, do you personally know and enjoy a relationship with Jesus Christ?

To enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you simply need to know you’re A, B, C’s:

A = Admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.

All of us have made mistakes and sinned. No one is perfect. Romans 3:10 tells us, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Even the kindest and most compassionate person has sinned and needs a Savior.

B = Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Once you have admitted you are a sinner in need of a Savior, you next need to believe on Jesus as your Savior. He is the only way to get to heaven, the only true God. In the Bible, Jesus exclaims, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

To enter into a relationship with God, we must trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, and believe that He alone can save us.

C = Confess your sin to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness.

This means that you must admit and confess your sin to Jesus. Romans 10:9-10 puts it this way, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Why not take a moment right now and talk to God?

Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Believe that Jesus is God’s Son. Confess your sin to Him and ask for His forgiveness.

If you ask Father God to save you, He will certainly save you!

Wouldn't it be tragic to go through the holidays without really knowing the Christ of Christmas? Click To Tweet

Second, we can keep Him right in the center of things by WORSHIPPING the Christ of Christmas.

As you make your holiday plans this season, purposefully schedule events, shows, movies, and other things that will enable you to worship Christ Jesus.

Don’t make everything about the gifts, the travels, the food, and the parties.

Intentionally plan times to worship as a family and on your own.

  • Turn on music that will lead to worship.
  • Attend several holiday programs that will lead to worship.
  • Read books, devotions, and watch movies that will lead to worship.
  • Plan to join in several worship services during the holidays.
  • Personally, take time daily during these holidays to look up to heaven in grateful worship.
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Third, we can keep Him right in the center of things by SHARING the Christ of Christmas.

There are so many wonderful ways you can share the love of Christ throughout these holidays.

You can share, give, invite, include, and make Him known to friends, neighbors, and families.

People seem to be the most receptive to Jesus at this time of the year. Why not pray and plan to share the hope of Christ over these next few weeks?

Wouldn't it be empty to go through this holiday season without sharing Jesus with others? Click To Tweet

To assist you and me as we seek to keep Christ at the center of this holiday season, I’ve recruited the help of some of my favorite friends.

I’ve asked a special group of Christian bloggers to share their thoughts, ideas, suggestions, stories, and encouragement with you over the next few weeks.

Each week, I will feature some of their holiday posts which will focus on helping us to better prepare to keep Christ at the center of this season.

I fear that without intentional planning, preparation, and determination, we will just be rolling up tissue paper, throwing on a little scotch tape, and pretending to make these holidays about Him.

I don’t want a manger or a home or a life that only pretends to have Christ at the center. I want Jesus to be what these holidays are all about.

Don’t you?


To assist you in keeping Christ at the center of everything this year, I’ve invited some of my friends to share their ideas.

Here are a whole bunch of amazing articles to equip & encourage you!

How to Keep Christ at the Center of Your Thanksgiving

8 Ways to Keep Christ at the Center of Your Holiday Traditions

How to Teach Your Children to GIVE During the Holidays

The Real Marks of a Christ-Centered Family

How to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

How to Create a Family Advent Celebration

5 Decorating Tips for Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays

How to Decorate Your Heart with Joy During the Holidays

How to Simplify Your Gift Giving & Enjoy Christmas More

How Homeschoolers Can Keep Christ at the Center of Christmas

How to Help Teenagers Focus on Christ at Christmas

What if This Was Your Very First Christmas?


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2 thoughts on “How to Keep CHRIST at the Center of Your Holidays This Year

  1. Loved this, dear Melanie! I play praise and worship music 24/7 all year round, but during the holiday season, I always make sure to play Christian Christmas music. It helps me focus on the reason for the season and forget about all the hullabaloo happening outside. 😛

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