5 Tips for Teaching Your Children the Reason for the Season This Christmas

Take some time to intentionally teach your children about the reason for the season. Here are a few simple ways to highlight Jesus during the week of Christmas.

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THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

I asked my six year old daughter if she knew why we celebrated Christmas and she replied, “It’s Santa’s birthday?”.

MOM FAIL.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of the holidays that we stick the life lessons low down on our priorities list. But this little reminder was just what I needed to get our week back on track.

Here are a few simple ways you can teach your children to remember the reason for the season.

5 WAYS TO TALK ABOUT JESUS WITH YOUR KIDS

1. READ ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS

The most descriptive nativity story can be found in Luke chapter 2, so I’ve created a free printable booklet for families to read together. You can print yours here:

2. SET OUT A NATIVITY SCENE FOR KIDS TO PLAY WITH

Little minds learn best with hands on activities, so play sets are a great way to teach the story of Jesus with your child. Here’s one of my favorites:

3. DO A SERVICE PROJECT TOGETHER

Have your kids help you pick out a present to donate to Toys for Tots or donate food to a local shelter. Don’t forget another simple way to help is to call those who are alone for the holidays and wish them a Merry Christmas! Remind your kids why we help others, and point your actions back to the story of Jesus.

4. ATTEND A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Many churches are still online, and our church is hosting a special online service on YouTube if you need one to check out. You can view it here starting December 23.

5. LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS HYMNS

I love Christmas music, but I think that my kids have memorized Santa Claus is Coming to Town and have no idea what the words are to Silent Night. Be intentional about the reason for the season by making sure to have times where your kids are listening to (or singing along with!) a few Christmas hymns. You can listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing some of my favorites on Spotify for free:

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