Looking for simple family Christmas traditions that focus on Jesus?
I’m going on 9 years of doing this motherhood + Christmas thing. That’s 8 Christmases spent learning (sometimes the hard way) that we don’t have to make everything over-the-top magical for our kids. A few, intentional + fun family traditions that focus on Jesus are all we need to create memories our children will cherish and a legacy of love + faith they will pass down for generations to come.
I hope you’ll join us in following these traditions (or a few of the many others out there) that will point your family to Jesus this year. More important than what we do is the spirit in which we do it. Find what works for you (even if it takes some trial and error, remember. . .8 years of holiday mishaps have led us here. . .but that’s a load of stories for another post) and commit to doing it simply to connect your family to the reason for the season.
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Just like we’ve done here at Grace for Moms in years past, we’ll be reading through the Bible from Genesis to Jesus’ birth in order to invite our children into the Story; sharing why and how Jesus came to us on Christmas. Get the details on this simple Advent tradition, here.
This Advent reading plan will connect all the dots for your children as you journey through the Bible, ending with the story of the Wise Men coming to visit + worship Jesus after his birth.
I’m all about having fun throughout the holiday season. I believe Jesus wants us to celebrate as we look forward to his birthday. I don’t think there is anything wrong with participating in Elf on the Shelf or many other fun, holiday activities. However, if you’d like something a little more focused on the story of Christmas, I invite you to join us as we walk with the wise men this year. It’s a wonderful alternative to the Elf on the Shelf and you can make it as fun or as serious as your family desires. Read more about this simple tradition that uses figures you already have in your nativity, here.
Use the Wise Men from your nativity to journey through the house toward Jesus, all while reading through the Bible and ending with their big moment of history.
I can easily get carried away, spending way too much money and buying things my kids don’t really need because I absolutely LOVE to give gifts. It’s one of the love languages that I not only love to receive but love to express to others. Knowing my weakness for a happy surprise, all wrapped up and ready to be revealed, my husband and I determined 5 years ago to follow a simple gift-giving plan with each other and our children as a way to keep Christmas under control and purposefully point our family to Christ with our gift-giving. Read more about this gift-giving tradition, here.
It all comes together on Christmas morning as your family opens three intentional gifts that will point them right back to the Christmas story + the greatest Gift of all, Jesus!
Praying you find the grace to do only what you need to do this Christmas to focus on Jesus.
By His Grace,