The TRUE Meaning of Christmas

by Carrie Raab on December 7, 2011

The TRUE Meaning of Christmas

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This is a busy time of year for all of us.  Are you making the most of it?  With so much advertising, marketing, emphasis on presents, programs, parties, please take time to teach the TRUE meaning of Christmas to your children.

Ways to keep the true meaning of Christmas in your heart and home

Read the Bible to your children and focus on the Christmas story.  Discuss Luke 2 with your children.  Ask them questions?  Allow them to imagine what life was like in the day of Mary and Joseph.  Go deep into the recesses of their hearts.  Make the story become “real” and alive.  It is not just a “story”, it is THE STORY!  It is the reason why we are here, why we live and breathe and move and have our being. 

Write to a missionary family.  Let your children create the card, write their own words, draw pictures, and bless them.  Thank them for serving the Lord and spend some time praying over the family before you mail the card. 

Focus on giving and not receiving!  Use this time to share the love of Christ with others.  Are others savoring the TRUE meaning of Christ, Christmas, or are they bombarded by the world and lost in the “riches” of the world and not the “riches” of the Glorious King?  Teach your children the importance of Christ as the gift giver and the GREATEST gift of all!  It is not the “presents” that matter, it is His “presence” that does.  Teach them the difference.  Share your stories with your children.  Allow them to share how they know the difference. 

Use an Advent Calender to discuss each day with your children.  Make it fun!  Have crafts for each lesson.  Engage your children in the activities. 

Pray together as a family.  Draw closer, (together) to the Lord during this special Christmas season.

Spend time together as a family.  Eat dinner together at the table and share your hearts and ponder about the TRUE meaning of Christmas.  Be thankful for one another and what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for you.  Play a board game together.  Relish the time together as a family.  Turn off the TV and talk.

Merry Christmas to you all and have a blessed December!

Carrie

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie (@va_grown) December 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Great tips. I love the idea of just talking as a family. We’ve started turning on Christmas music rather than the TV when we walk in the house and it’s just created a much warmer atmosphere.

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Carrie Raab December 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love that! Doing the same thing at our house and it does bring in the breath of heaven. It is so much better than TV. Thanks for sharing and reading the article. Have a very merry Christmas!

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Danielle December 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

These are some great tips. Thanks so much for sharing! I’d love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-friday-linky-party_15.html

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Shanda Oakley December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

I especially like the idea of writing to your missionaries. I spent years as a missionary then years lving overseas with my husband working in business. Christmas is the hardest time to be away from your country, your family and your traditions.

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Carrie Raab December 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Hey Shanda! The missionaries part is my favorite too. This will be our first Christmas in 4 years that we will be home instead of in Central America. I much rather be there than in the US. Thanks for sharing your story. It is so important to remember those serving the Lord in other countries, esp. this time of year! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Rose @ Walnut Acre December 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

These are very good ideas. Every year I promise myself I’m going to use an advent calender before Christmas and every year I find myself in the middle of the Christmas season before I’m ready.

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Carrie Raab December 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Hey Rose! I know… I think I need to add “take a Christmas family photo” to the list, as I find myself this time each year not having a photo and no Christmas cards sent out… :( Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated! Merry Christmas!

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Joyce December 13, 2011 at 1:52 am

These are great ideas! Thanks!

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Carrie Raab December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hey Joyce! Yes they are! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Carol December 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Wonderful message ~ Hope lots read it and follow it ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) and (Share the Creative Journey)CED

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Rebecca December 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

Love it! Simple and easy to follow..and truly gets to the heart of Christmas!

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Carrie Raab December 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hey Rebecca! Glad it was helpful for you and your family. Thanks for keeping Christ in Christmas and sharing His love to your children! Blessings!

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