Christmas is especially exciting for me this year. With two small children, it’s as if I’m experiencing Christmas through new eyes. It oftentimes feels like I am enjoying for the first time what some would consider common Christmas traditions.
I have talked more about the birth of Jesus this year than ever before because these are new stories for my children, stories they are learning about and beginning to embrace. It is my prayer that as they continue to learn more about Jesus, they will grow in their love for and appreciation to Him for humbling Himself and coming to Earth as a Babe in the manger. As I have meditated more on these true-life events this year, they are truly mind-boggling and miraculous all at the same time!
During these fast moving holiday weeks, I have tried to establish some Christmas traditions for our young family. Here’s my list of goals for this year, and I’m sure we will continue to expand it as the years pass.
Christmas Traditions for Children
1. Beautify the house!
2. Read a Bible story for advent each night of December.
3. Participate in a Happy Birthday, Jesus party.
4. Decorate a gingerbread house or train.
5. Take a car ride to view Christmas lights.
6. Attend Christmas events at church and in the community.
7. Sing Christmas songs and carols.
8. Watch Christmas DVDs.
9. Read Christmas books.
10. Bake and decorate cookies.
11. Decorate a window with holiday window clings.
12. Create a paper/felt Christmas tree using...
With children, things don’t always go as planned, so I’m learning to be more flexible and go with the flow with each activity. Sometimes, we may have crying during our family Bible story or a meltdown during decorating the tree, but it’s just part of child rearing and memory making! And even when I think they aren’t listening or understanding, they usually surprise me by answering a question correctly! What are some of your family traditions? Please share your ideas in the comments and follow me on social media so you never miss a post!