Family Worship at Christmastime

Ideas for keeping Christ at the center

Christmas traditions are at the heart of every family's unique celebration of this blessed holiday. But with the secularization and commercialism of Christmas, it's easy for Christian families to get caught up in the hoopla.

The "reason for the season" is no longer evident in many of our schools, businesses, and even homes. Nativity scenes have been replaced by huge depictions of Santa, Homer Simpson (dressed as Santa), and the Grinch (you guessed it, dressed as Santa). "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" has replaced "Away in a Manager." And even our "merry Christmas" greeting has been replaced by a noncommittal "happy holidays."

Without effort, even Christians can leave Christ out of Christmas. While the circumstances and experiences of the world around us can easily distract us from making room for Christ at Christmas, we can, with intentionality, shine in contrast every bit as bright as the Bethlehem star so many years ago.

We can choose to keep Christ in Christmas in the things we say and do. As we do so, others will see and hear the true message of Christmas: a Savior was born for all of humanity.

There are countless ways Christian families can worship together at Christmastime. Following are some ideas that will help your family keep Christ in Christmas.

Spread the gingerbread gospel. This is a fun gingerbread-house project to do with kids of all ages to teach them that Jesus is preparing a place for us and that we can live forever with him one day. Allow teenagers to handle the intricate parts of the house building with younger siblings adding the finishing touches. You can pick up a gingerbread house kit at craft stores.

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