Christmas brings so many fun and exciting times! Decorating, baking, gatherings with friends and family, shopping and more! Whether or not you enjoy the hustle and bustle of this season, it can certainly be a busy time for all of us. As you plan your December, below are some ideas to keep your family grounded and focused on the anticipation of the birth of our Savior.
Celebrate Advent! During Advent we anticipate and prepare our hearts for the birth of the Messiah. Ad-vent means “coming”, and we are waiting for the coming of the King. Spend time learning about and celebrating advent with your family.
Nativity Scene: Set up a Nativity scene in each room of your home. Make sure one set is available for the children to play with during the season. Play Hide and Seek with Baby Jesus.
Family Devotional: At dinnertime each night, take time for a family devotional. Check out www.faith5.org for a great bookmark showing simple ideas for a family devotional.
Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday: Hang a stocking for Jesus on your mantel and fill it with prayers to Him. Have each family member write down what gift they will give to Jesus this year. Put the papers in a box, wrap it and place it under the tree. Make sure to open this present first on Christmas morning. Make a Birthday Cake for Jesus!
Christmas Books: Read Christmas books focused on Christ, such as:
Christmas in the Manger by: Nola Buck
The Christmas Story by: Patricia Pingry
Room for a Little One by: Martin Waddell
Who is coming to our House by: Joseph Slate
This is the Stable by: Cynthia Cotten
One Night in Bethlehem by: Jill Roman Lord
What Did Baby Jesus Do? by: Virginia Esquinaldo
God Gave Us Christmas by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Tiny Baby Jesus by: Dandi Daley Mackall
A Christmas Prayer by: Amy Parker
The Sparkle Box by: Jill Hardie
The First Noel by: Maite Roche
Live Nativity Scene: Visit a Live Nativity Scene such as the one at Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan’s Island, Saturday, December 9th 5-7:00 p.m.
Christmas Card Prayers: Keep a basket of Christmas cards you receive from family and friends. Each night pull one card from the basket and pray for that family.
Family Blessings: Sit around the fire at home, drink hot chocolate and talk about the blessings that God has given your family this year.
Go Christmas Caroling: Come to Palmetto on Sunday, December 17th at 5:00pm for a fun-filled evening with our church family, the community, family and friends. We’ll sing Christmas carols, enjoy great food and sweets, decorate cookies and more!
Attend a Christmas Eve Service: Join us on Sunday, December 24th at 10:30 a.m. for the Family Service. If your child would like to participate, please let Jamie and Tricia know! Come back that evening for a candlelight service and communion at 5:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m.