Christmas is rushing towards us like a diesel train. It will be here before you know it. Then it will be gone as fast as it came. Christmas is a time of joy and frustration. A frenzy of preparations and merry-making, followed by weariness and even emptiness: Is that all we get? And that’s a shame.
Here are some ideas borrowed from FamilyLife that can help you make you and your family’s Christmas more meaningful, memorable.
- Talk about the names of Christ: There’s nothing more meaningful at Christmas than learning more about Jesus Christ, the Savior whose birth we celebrate. For He is so much more than a baby in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. In fact, Jesus is known by many other names in Scripture … and in the Christmas hymns we sing. He is the “King of kings,” the “Redeemer.”
- Conversation starters: Download this PDF with a list of questions to talk to your family and friends about Christ and Christmas. You may work these into normal conversation, but often they work best as part of a Christmas party or formal celebration with your family. You might pose a couple of questions to the group, asking everyone to answer one or both of them. For young children, be sure check out the “Questions for Kids” section.
- Share stories about how God has worked in your life: Ever told your children the story of your salvation; meeting your spouse. Use the holidays to share your personal stories about faith and life change.