Keep Christmas Focused on Jesus

Christmas is coming quickly! We are only 24 days away. Over the next 3 weeks, we as parents have an opportunity to help our families make this holiday about Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about Christmas music, cookies, gifts and hot cocoa, but that can easily become the focus instead of Jesus. Here are some ways you can keep Jesus front and center this year.

1. Make a Jesse Tree

  • A Jesse Tree is a way of preparing for Christmas by reading stories about people in Jesus' family tree. Typically, you’d read a story about one of his descendants, then put an ornament on a tree or tree-like structure as a way to remember how God prepared the way throughout history for Jesus to come. My favorite Jesse Tree package is by Ann Voskamp. It’s a combination devotional, advent calendar and Jesse Tree.
  • You can also use the Jesus Storybook Bible and this guide to help you read about those in Jesus’ family. There are ornaments to hang and a soundtrack to accompany your reading as well.

2. Watch Christmas shows that point to Jesus

3. Serving Opportunities

  • Ideas for serving your own family – Here is a list of ways kids can serve their families this Christmas season. You can cut out each one, put it in a jar and have the kids pick one out.
 Have a great Christmas!
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