“Jesus is the reason for the season.” We hear this often and it couldn't be more true, however, sometimes it’s hard to know how to make it a reality in our own family. Thankfully, there are some practical ways to help stay focused on Christ during this Christmas season. Whether you need a reminder for yourself or for your family, here a few ideas for you to use.
Have a child friendly nativity.
As beautiful as it is to have a porcelain nativity that was passed down from your grandmother, make sure that you also have a nativity that young kids can touch and play with. It helps them see Mary, Jesus and Joseph in a more personal way.
Throughout the year, keep your eye out at local thrift shops and garage sales to find children's books about the true meaning of Christmas. During Advent, you can gift wrap the books and unwrap one or two every week to read as a family.
Go to Adoration Together
Plan a time to go to adoration as a family. Spend half an hour in the presence of the King of Kings and ask your kids to think of someone that they want to pray for this Christmas. They can write them a card or draw them a picture afterwards.
Plan One-on-One Dates with Your Kids
Whether it’s during Advent or after Christmas as part of their Christmas gift, take your kids out for one-on-one dates. Take them out for a special supper or hot chocolate date and spend time asking questions, hearing about their dreams and passions, and encouraging them in the ways they are living out their faith.
Make a Great Christmas Playlist
As wonderful as it is to hear songs about Rudolf and Frosty, it is more meaningful to listen to music that conveys the true meaning of the season. A helpful way to do that is to create your own Christmas playlists! Whenever you hear a great favorite Christmas song, you can simply add it to your collection.
Invite someone to Mass
If you have a neighbor or a friend that you’ve been wanting to reach out to, Christmas is a great time to do it. Not only are people more open to attending Mass during the Christmas season, but they might be looking for a place to go. Make them feel welcome in your home parish and invite them to your home for a party afterwards.
What are some of your favorite ways to make faith the focus during this Christmas season? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below.