It is so easy to caught up in the fun events going on (like our upcoming Charlie Brown Christmas on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:45 - yes, that was a shameless plug). Yet as parents, it is important for us to continually remind ourselves and our children of the true meaning of Christmas. Traditions can help with this. Here are some Christ-centered Christmas traditions ideas:
1) Advent wreath - Traditionally, there are four candles around the outside of a wreath with one in the middle. Each of the four Sundays before Christmas one candle is lit and a passage from scripture is read. (Don't worry if you missed a week - just double up!) There are variations for which each candles represents. Here is one:
* Hope - Read the story of Elizabeth, John, and the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1:5-25 and 57-79.
* Love - Read the story of Mary and Gabriel's announcement to her in Luke 1:26-38.
* Peace - Read the story of Joseph and the angel appearing to him in Matthew 1:19-24.
* Joy - Read the story of the shepherds in Luke 2:8-15
* Christ - Read the story of Christ's birth in Luke 2:1-7, 16-20.
2) Read Christmas story before opening presents on Christmas morning. You could use a traditional version or use a kid's bible like the "Jesus Story Book Bible".
3) Watch a Christmas movie that includes the true meaning of Christmas, like the "Nativity Story" (I have not seen it but heard good things about it).
4) Go to a live nativity.
5) Have a Happy Birthday Jesus party complete with a cake!
6) Check out this blog post. It has some great ideas!!!!