How to Teach Your Children the True Meaning of Christmas
Christmas time is my favorite time of year. It has been for as long as I can remember. At some point though, it seems that the true meaning of Christmas has been forgotten. We focus entirely too much on spending money and getting gifts. It's time to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas and its religious significance. Here are some ideas to help you and yours get back on the right track.
6 Ways to Teach Your Children the Significance of Christmas
- Follow a one-week Bible reading plan.
- Go to a Christmas program at church.
- Listen to Christmas music.
- Spend meaningful time with friends and family.
- Reach out to people you haven't heard from in a while.
- Do some acts of kindness.
1. Use This One-Week Bible Reading Plan
For seven days, you and your family can sit and read the Bible together in the evening. Here are some verses that tell the true story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Day 1: Isaiah 7:13–14 and Isaiah 11:1–10—the prophecy of Jesus
- Day 2: Luke 1:1–25—the birth of John the Baptist foretold
- Day 3: Luke 1:26–38—the birth of Jesus foretold
- Day 4: Luke 2:1–21—the birth of Jesus
- Day 5: Luke 2:22–40—Jesus presented at the temple
- Day 6: Matthew 2—the wise men visit the Messiah
- Day 7: Luke 2:41–52—the boy Jesus at the temple
2. Go to a Christmas Program at Church
Many churches do some sort of special Christmas program each year. Whether it's a live nativity scene, a play about the birth of Jesus, or just a special holiday service, consider attending some sort of church performance that you and your family can enjoy together. You do not need to attend a particular church to go. Many churches post special events on their website, in newspapers, or on Facebook.
3. Listen to Christmas Music
Here are some great music suggestions related to the religious meaning of Christmas. You can share these songs with your children and discuss the meaning of the lyrics.
4. Spend Meaningful Time With Extended Family
Spending quality time with family and friends is very important during the holidays. There is always something fun going on that you and your family and/or friends can do together. Why not gather your relatives and participate in some wholesome fun? Here are some Christmas-related activities your children and older relatives will enjoy:
- See a Holiday play like The Nutcracker.
- Volunteer for a morning or afternoon at a local non-profit.
- Gather relatives at your home and decorate gingerbread houses or Christmas cookies.
- Host a family dinner and watch a classic religious holiday movie.
5. Reach Out to People You Haven't Heard From in a While
Reaching out to those you love during the holidays is very important. A lot of people feel sad and lonely around Christmas, so why not get in touch and make them feel special? Whether it's a phone call, letter, Facebook message, or Christmas card, people will appreciate that you're thinking of them and willing to make the gesture. Teaching your children the importance of community and communication is a great way to instill some Christmas spirit.
Do you have a friend that you haven't talked to in a while? Do you have any elderly relatives that no longer have spouses or children living with them? Make it a point to let them know that they are not alone during the holidays by inviting them over or sending them a Christmas card.
6. Do Some Acts of Kindness
This Christmas season, instead of focusing on buying or receiving gifts, try to teach your children ways they can be kind to others. Below are some great ways you can be kind to friends, family, and strangers this December.
- Make Christmas cards to send to a local nursing home.
- Do a toy drive for children in foster care.
- Do a clothing drive for the homeless.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter.
- Host a bake sale and donate the proceeds to your local fire or police station.
- Anonymously pay off someone's Christmas layaway.
- Go to a drive-thru and pay for the order of the person behind you.
- Donate old clothes, toys, and books to your local thrift or charity store.
- Go to an apartment complex and ask if you can help pay for someone's rent.
- Go to a nursing home and read the Bible to residents who can no longer read.
- Be a secret Santa for someone in need.
- Donate towels and blankets to an animal shelter.
- Send care packages or holiday cards to troops overseas.
- Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home or at an elderly neighbor's home.
- Offer to babysit for friends and bring your own children along for a playdate so that parents can do their holiday shopping or attend holiday parties.
Additional Christmas Activities to Do With Family and Friends
- Go look at Christmas lights.
- Go to a Christmas tree farm.
- Bake Christmas treats.
- Host a book club featuring your favorite Christmas books.
- Host a movie night featuring your favorite Christmas movies.
- Make Christmas cards.
- Make Christmas ornaments.
- Attend church as a family.
- Throw a gingerbread-house party.
- Go ice skating.
- Make paper snowflakes.
- Decorate the Christmas tree together.
© 2019 Sarah Spradlin