I didn’t get gifts as a kid on Christmas. Although we were—and still are—a staunch Christian family, we felt that too much attention was placed on gift giving instead of God’s gift to man. Instead, my parents waited until the New Year and then gave us functional things … and some awesome toys!
Now that I have a family of my own, I still keep that tradition. But I’ve expanded it to give my kids a Christmas gift—something that can be a yearlong reminder of God’s love.
Whether you’re a parent or not, the same challenge confronts all Christians. How can we keep Christ at the center of Christmas in an increasingly secular world?
Here are three strategies that work for my family.
- Read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth as a family. If your church isn’t having a service, this is a great way to remind yourself (and family) about what the season is all about.
- Give gifts that inspire or challenge your faith. If a family member isn’t a Christian, share something to make him/her think about their soul.
- Swap secular Christmas songs for Christmas carols or hymns. It’s really neat to create an atmosphere that’s fun but also worshipful in the house. Hearing “Joy to the World,” “Away in a Manger” or–my personal favorite— “What Child is This?” makes for a great CHRISTmas.
Here’s a playlist of songs I love on Google Play.
How does your family bring Christ into the season? I’d love to hear from you. @JPRobinsonbooks on Twitter or Facebook.
Whatever you do this year, I pray that Christ will be in YOUR Christmas.
P.S. If you’re looking for a story of healing and renewal this Christmas, check out In the Midst of the Flames. online at JPRobinsonBooks.com. You can STILL get the Kindle version in time for Christmas or gift it to someone else.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.