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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Countdown The New Year With These 10 Family Activities

I’ve got a few fun ideas to add intentionality to ending your year with a bang! Check out this fun family itinerary!

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COUNT DOWN THE NEW YEAR

Finding a way to occupy the kids to stay sane and stay up until midnight can be a challenge. This is the first year I want to attempt the impossible — in the past we watch a countdown on Netflix at 8:00 and toast with some Sprite. Then my husband and I put them to bed and watch a movie or play a game to stay awake — a much different change of pace than before we had kiddos.

For those of you who want to start this new tradition with your kids in a way that doesn’t involve traveling to someone’s house or a late night ending with everyone irritated with one another…I’ve got a few fun ideas to add intentionality to ending your year with a bang!

CREATE AN ITINERARY

Don’t wing it, plan it! Get a pack of brown paper bags and write times on the front for when you’ll do the next activity.

5:00 MAKE HOMEMADE PIZZAS

Put a jar of pizza sauce in the bag. Spend the next hour making homemade pizzas and eating them together as a family. Get creative with a toppings bar!

6:00 PLAY A CARD GAME

Put some playing cards in a bag. My kids love this set of card games we received for Christmas last year. These easy games are great for even your littlest learners! Use this egg carton trick to hold a lot of cards for small hands.

7:00 MAKE A DESSERT

Put a recipe or cookie mix in the next bag. Spend some time baking together. Maybe you want to start from scratch with a family recipe or pop a few ready-bake cookies in the oven.

7:30 LOOK OVER THE PAST YEAR

Stick a photo in the bag. While your dessert is cooking, browse your photos from 2019 and talk about your favorite memories. Apple Photos will even create a slideshow with music to a preselected album within seconds for you to watch!

8:00 PLAY A BOARD GAME

Put a game piece in a bag. Break out an old favorite and see who comes in first place! For little ones, we love the Junior versions of all the classics.

9:00 QUIZ EACH OTHER ON SOME TRIVIA FOR THE PAST YEAR

Google pop culture events for the past year and see who knows the most trivia! Best out of 10 wins a prize!

9:30 WATCH A MOVIE

Place a new movie in a bag. This year I chose Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Other favorites include Jumanji, Dennis the Menace and Harry Potter.

10:30 POP SOME POPCORN

Put a popcorn bag in the next bag. To make it more interactive, make a popcorn bar where the kids can add goodies to their bowl.

11:30 GET READY!

Put plastic champagne flutes in a bag. Have everyone do some stretches, take a bathroom break and get your TV tuned to the ball drop. Need to wake up? Play hide and seek, charades or Pictionary. Fill up your glasses with some sparkling cider so everyone can enjoy!

12:00 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Put some poppers in a bag. After you toast the New Year, shoot your poppers outside in the yard for easy clean up. Then give hugs and tell the kids that the first one asleep in bed is the winner!

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Print this Christmas Eve Itinerary to Make Your “Staycation” Special

Don’t make Christmas Eve just another day at home. Print this itinerary and plan a special day for your family from breakfast to bedtime.

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CREATING CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITIONS

Christmas Eve was always as special as Christmas morning itself to us as kids. That was the day that relatives would come over, we’d decorate cookies while Grandma rolled out the dough, Mom would run back and forth between her secret wrapping room and getting snacks on the table, while Dad made sure something festive was playing on TV.

If you feel like you need to have something to mix up the monotony of staying at home, then try creating a unique itinerary for your Christmas Eve, or copy ours below:

OUR CHRISTMAS EVE ITINERARY

After we finish our morning coffee and lounging around the living room for the morning, we get a little antsy. Here are the plans for the remainder of the day to keep things busy, optional and fun!

1. MAKE A CHRISTMAS CRAFT OR PLAY A GAME

Whether it’s grandma beating the pants off us kids at Fast Scrabble or making homemade ornaments, there’s something about a table covered with an activity for anyone who wants to join that gets me excited. If you have several people over, set out different activities on multiple tables and turn up the Christmas music.

2. PAINT SUGAR COOKIES

Using an old recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, we mix an egg yolk, a little water and some food coloring into multiple cups and let the little kids paint their sugar cookies using watercolor brushes. We decorate using sprinkles, candies and sugars.

3. WATCH A CHRISTMAS MOVIE OR SING CAROLS

After lunch, you may be wanting a chance to lay around for a bit. Choose a classic Christmas movie the kids have never seen or one of your favorites.

Prefer to be a little more active? You don’t have to go door to door to sing Christmas carols. You can sit around as a family and sing them church-style, or call up relatives you wish you could be with and sing to them.

4. WRAP PRESENTS & PUT UNDER THE TREE

Set out all your non-Santa gifts and use this time to get caught up on gift wrapping.

5. LOOK AT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Don’t forget this simple way to enjoy the holidays while social-distancing! As the sun is setting, warm up a few mugs of hot chocolate and pile the kids in the car.

6. SET OUT COOKIES FOR SANTA

Remember those sugar cookies you made this morning? Have the kids pick out two for Santa and set them on a plate with a note! Maybe Santa will write back!

7. SPRINKLE REINDEER FOOD

Right before you tuck the kids in for bed, don’t forget to leave out a treat for the reindeer! Mix up some oats and glitter and place in a bag. Have each kid throw a handful out into the yard to attract Rudolph!

8. READ “THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS”

This is a must-do in our family. I loved hearing my dad read this to us as kids and am always excited to pass on the tradition. Check out my full list of Christmas Books for Kids.

PRINT YOUR FREE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES!

I’ve compiled a few fun FREEBIES for you to use with your kids this Christmas season. You can print them all here:

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