Family Joy with a Christ Centered Christmas Traditions

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Ever found yourself tangled in tinsel and elbow-deep in wrapping paper, wondering if there’s more to December than the mad dash of holiday hustle? Christ Centered Christmas: it’s a phrase that whispers through the frosty air like a promise, calling us back to something warmer, deeper. Can you picture it?

Christ Centered Christmas - Nativity Joseph Mary and Baby Jesus

A family gathered not just around gifts but also around stories; tales not only from Santa but of shepherds under starry skies long ago. It starts with Jesus Christ at its heart – where simple mangers overshadow glitzy malls.

Imagine shifting gears this season. Think about less stress over perfect parties and more peace as we light candles remembering He who is called Prince of Peace. What if our kids know Baby Jesus better than they know their favorite Christmas cartoon?

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Table Of Contents:

Embracing the True Meaning of Christ Centered Christmas

The holiday season buzzes with excitement, but let’s not forget what we’re actually celebrating: Jesus’ birth. So how do we keep our focus centered on this during all the hustle? It’s about more than just attending church or saying grace before your Christmas dinner.

Christ Centered christmas family around the dinner table

Reflecting on the Gift of Jesus Christ

Sure, gifts are great – who doesn’t love tearing into wrapping paper? But take a moment to consider Baby Jesus—the reason for it all. His arrival flipped scripts and set the stage for hope and salvation. When you’re swapping presents under the Christmas tree, remember that He was God’s gift to us—no shiny bow needed.

We get it; between baking cookies and decking halls, reflecting can be tough. Yet weaving in moments to ponder what Jesus’ teachings mean personally can transform your family Christmas from festive to profound. Start by sharing stories over hot cocoa or reading scripture references together as snowflakes fall outside—it’ll warm your heart faster than any ugly sweater ever could.

Establishing New Traditions with a Christ-Centered Focus

If you want extra fun mixed with meaningful traditions this advent calendar season, why not start some new ones? Ever heard of The Jesse Tree Tradition? It’s like taking a walk through Bible history leading up to Christ’s birth—and kids dig it because they get hands-on making ornaments.

Candle holders aren’t just pretty decor; lighting candles weekly on an advent wreath at home is another powerful tradition. Each flame stands for virtues like peace and joy which are central themes of a Christ-centered Christmas—not to mention perfect convo starters about baby Jesus’ story while munching on those sugar cookies.

Crafting a Purposeful Holiday Mission Statement

Dream up something special—a mission statement that steers your holiday towards giving back and kindness echoing Jesus Christ’s love-filled example. Make sure every family member gets their say so everyone buys in (yeah even Uncle Bob). And guess what happens when families decide to serve others intentionally during holidays? They find deeper fulfillment—we’ve seen stats showing volunteering spikes around now because folks feel inspired by Christian values (Samaritan’s Purse).

Key Takeaway: 


Keep the buzz of the holidays Christ-centered by weaving in moments to reflect on Jesus’ teachings. Try new traditions like The Jesse Tree or advent wreaths for a meaningful season. Create a family mission statement focused on kindness and giving back, inspired by Jesus’ example.

Establishing New Traditions with a Christ-Centered Focus

Families are on the hunt for ways to weave faith into their Christmas festivities. And why not? After all, tossing in some new traditions that spotlight Jesus’ story can really crank up the meaning of our holiday hoopla.

The Jesse Tree Tradition

christ centered christmas family decorating their christmas tree
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Let’s kick things off with something old but gold—the Jesse Tree tradition. It’s like an advent calendar and family tree mash-up that showcases Jesus’ lineage through stories and ornaments. Think of it as your family’s own “Who Do You Think You Are?” minus the celebrities, plus Bible heroes. As you hang those crafted symbols on your tree or paper chain, each ornament is a high-five to an ancestor of Christ—a nod to folks like Ruth, David, or one of those wise men who didn’t need a GPS to find baby Jesus.

Every time you add an ornament leading up to Christmas Day, it’s more than just decor; it’s storytelling time in your living room—cozy vibes included.

Lighting Candles as a Symbolic Gesture

There isn’t a party like a candle lighting party ’cause a candle lighting party… brings peace? Introducing the Advent wreath at home isn’t just about the ambiance —it symbolizes hope, love, joy, and peace during this season when we’re all buzzing around wrapping gifts faster than Santa’s elves on a sugar rush.

Igniting candles, week by week (with bonus points for remembering which color means what), let us slow down amidst the tinsel tornado. Lighting that final Christ candle feels extra special—like dropping the beat right before shouting “Merry Christmas.” But instead of beats per minute, we’re talking prayers per flicker here.

Sure enough, families want their holiday memorable, centered around celebrating Jesus Christ rather than debating whether Die Hard is technically a real Christmas movie—which spoiler alert: counts if Bruce Willis says so. Remember though: We’re making memories centered around scripture references here—not just sipping cocoa under twinkly lights (although let’s be honest—that part rocks too).

Key Takeaway: 


Spice up your Christmas with faith-filled traditions like the Jesse Tree—connect each ornament to a hero from Jesus’ lineage and share their stories. Light Advent candles weekly to remember hope, love, joy, and peace—and don’t forget that final Christ candle for a truly spiritual celebration.

Crafting a Purposeful Holiday Mission Statement

Imagine this: your family sitting down, hot cocoa in hand, and you’re all hashing out a game plan for the holiday season. But it’s not just any plan; it’s your family’s very own purposeful holiday mission statement.

A well-crafted mission statement does more than just look pretty on paper; it acts as a North Star during the hustle and bustle of Christmas chaos. It helps you stay focused on giving back and serving your community—actions that Jesus himself would do if He were here.

Guide to Writing a Family Mission Statement

The best part? This isn’t about grand gestures or writing checks with a lot of zeros (unless that’s how you roll). We’re talking small deeds with a huge impact. Like volunteering at homeless shelters, because nothing shows ‘holiday spirit’ like sharing warmth where it’s needed most. Stats show folks are eager to volunteer during holidays, proving we’ve got hearts bigger than Santa’s belly.

Christ Centered Christmas Putting Kindness into Action

If crafting something tangible is more up your alley, consider making kindness cards or baking an extra batch of cookies for neighbors. What about paying for the person’s food behind you at the fast food drive-up window? It is as simple as getting outside of ourselves for a while and looking around us to find a need and then fill that need.

Actions speak louder than words—or baked goods. That could mean rallying the troops to help an elderly neighbor decorate their home or secretly shoveling snow off someone else’s driveway before dawn breaks. It might be cold outside, but these acts will warm everyone right up.

Involving Every Family Member

No matter if they’re tiny tots or moody teens (or adults who still believe in elves), get every family member involved by inviting them to contribute ideas to this noble cause—and yes, even those wacky ones deserve some airtime.

To seal the deal? Have each person write their commitment on a slip of paper—be it patience, laughter-sharing—you name it—and toss ‘em into a communal bowl at dinner time as daily reminders throughout December and the coming year.

Remember folks: A purposeful holiday mission statement isn’t just about creating joyous moments—it sets the stage for living out those values long after Santa has left town.

Key Takeaway: 


Set your family’s holiday vibe by creating a mission statement. It’ll guide you through the festive chaos and keep you focused on acts of kindness that make a real difference. Bake, craft, or help out in stealth mode to spread some serious cheer. Get everyone involved—even the moody teens—and watch as simple commitments turn into warm holiday memories that last all year round.

Cultivating A Heart Of Giving In Children

christ centered christmas girl giving older lady a gift

Teaching children the joy of giving is an essential part of a Christ centered Christmas. Motivate young ones to join in on charitable deeds and acts of kindness, like contributing playthings for those who require them or crafting presents for family members. By instilling a heart of giving in children, we help them understand the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of selflessness.

Integrating Devotional Practices into Your Holiday Routine

The holiday season is a jolly treadmill of wrapping paper, cookie baking, and festive shindigs. But wait—there’s more. What if we sprinkled a dash of divine on that gingerbread house? Let’s talk about lighting candles with purpose. A candle advent paired with daily prayer or devotionals isn’t just for ambiance; it’s your personal connection to our God above.

Now imagine this: each flicker from your Advent wreath is like sending a message straight to heaven—Heaven is listening. Each minute leading up to Christmas Day becomes less about crossing off shopping lists and more about kindling hope, peace, joy, and love in our hearts. So why not gather the family around those four little flames? Make sure everyone gets their turn because nothing says family bonding like sharing a flame of hope.

Reflecting on the Gift of Jesus Christ

Sometimes we need a reminder that baby Jesus didn’t come swaddled in silk but humbly laid down in hay—and I’m sure there wasn’t fanfare to welcome the little king in that stable either. Reflecting on this gift might be as simple as swapping out one Hallmark movie for some Bible reading time or encouraging kiddos to craft their nativity scene.

A quiet moment spent pondering over scripture references can bring clarity amid holiday chaos because let’s face it; sometimes you find yourself praying for strength while untangling Christmas lights.

Crafting a Purposeful Holiday Mission Statement

If you’re wondering how exactly one drafts such an official-sounding mission statement.. well, think no further than what makes your heart swell with joy and peace during these wintry weeks. Maybe this year you want to focus on serving others by volunteering at community shelters, or perhaps committing random acts of kindness will be your jam—a compliment here or paying forward coffee there can sprinkle glitter all over someone else’s day too.

Your mission statement doesn’t have to be etched in stone; heck write it with a pencil if that tickles your fancy—but having one could help keep sight clear when Santa starts clouding up our viewfinder.

Key Takeaway: 


Spice up your holiday routine with devotionals and an Advent wreath to refocus on hope, peace, joy, and love. Swap a movie night for Bible reading or get crafty with homemade nativities to remember Jesus’ humble beginnings. And don’t forget to draft a flexible holiday mission statement that captures the spirit of giving.

Creating a Box Full Of Gifts For Jesus

Say goodbye to the same old stocking stuffers and hello to something that’ll warm your heart more than grandma’s Christmas cookies. We’re talking about creating a box full of gifts for Jesus, where each family member brings their heart in generosity.

Offering Hope: A Personal Pledge

We all have those moments when we feel like hope is as elusive as finding matching socks on laundry day. But imagine wrapping up that sparkly sense of possibility and sharing it with others around the world. 

When creating a box full of gifts for Jesus, consider including gifts of hope, and peace that are spiritual as well as tangible. 

That’s what this special pledge is all about. Whether you’re lifting spirits by giving the gift of clean water or giving someone a chance at better health, you’re offering Him our best by bringing light into dark places.

The Light the World Giving Machines can become a new tradition for your family. It suggests plenty of ways to translate this commitment into action—think of it like sharing a Christ Centered Christmas all over the world. 

If giving time is right up your alley, then check out ways to serve at Just Serve . And if you can’t leave your house, don’t worry; simple handwritten notes can also capture the essence beautifully.

You might wonder how providing clean water or buying a goat (some of the things you can donate in the Light the World Giving Machines), can compete with unwrapping shiny new toys come Christmas morning. Well, my friend, consider this—the joy from material things tends to fade faster than holiday jingles on December 26th. The warmth from giving hope sticks around longer than fruitcake leftovers.

A bonus tip: invite family members over for a cozy gathering where everyone shares their contributions—it turns gifting into an event itself. 

Remember folks; while Santa checks his list twice—you only need one glance at that overflowing box brimming with love offerings to know…this year you’ve truly captured the real meaning behind a Christ-centered Christmas.

Key Takeaway: 


Swap out typical stocking stuffers for a box of gifts to Jesus, filled with heartfelt offerings from each family member. Bring hope and light into dark places by pledging acts of kindness, clean water, or creating handmade symbols of peace. These gestures will bring lasting joy beyond the holiday season.

Cultivating A Heart Of Giving In Children

Teaching our kids to be generous isn’t just about them giving the last cookie away. It’s about shaping hearts that beam with kindness and selflessness, especially during Christmas when we celebrate love coming down to Earth.

Exploring The Nativity Story With Interactive Sets

The nativity story is a treasure trove of lessons on generosity. Imagine little hands moving Mary closer to baby Jesus in hands-on nativity sets, their eyes wide with wonder as you weave tales of wise men who journeyed far, gifts in hand for a king born under a star. This tactile experience brings home the message of Christ’s birth: an epic tale of giving without limits.

These moments are golden opportunities for parents looking to instill charitable values—a task many take seriously around holidays according to statistics. Advent activities can make this learning extra fun; think of younger kids crafting paper chains or playing games where every link stands for an act of kindness they plan to perform.

You could even create age-appropriate devotions that highlight joy and reflection, turning each day leading up to Christmas into another chance to foster lifelong love toward others’ well-being. 

We’re not talking about roping your children into doing chores disguised as ‘Christmas help’. Instead, let them deliver Christmas cards filled with genuine wishes or pack meals at homeless shelters so they can see firsthand how good it feels to help someone fill more than just stockings—filling stomachs and hearts alike.

A child’s heart grows by inches through acts like these—not because they’ll get praise or something tangible back but because they’ve been given the most important gift already: understanding God’s immense love mirrored in every random act of kindness they put out into the world during this season—and hopefully beyond.

Key Takeaway: 


Teach kids generosity by engaging them in the nativity story and hands-on giving, showing love isn’t just about gifts but acts of kindness that reflect God’s love.

Create fun advent activities to instill charity in children; use devotions for reflection and Etsy resources for family prayer during Christmas.

Show your children how rewarding it is to help others—not as a chore but as a heartfelt act of service—enhancing their understanding of God’s love through real-world experiences.

Sharing Inspirational Resources For A Deeper Experience

Finding the perfect tune that gets your soul humming to the birth of our Savior can be a bit like hunting for that last piece of wrapping paper on Christmas Eve—it’s got to be just right. That’s why diving into inspirational music and worship songs during this Christ-centered Christmas is so important. They’re not only melodic but they pack a punch of divine inspiration, reminding us why we’ve gathered around the manger in our living rooms.

Finding Solace In Worship Songs And Hymns

christ centered christmas family singing out of a book

A timeless carol like “Silent Night” can bring a spark of joy to your family’s holiday season. Have you ever had one of those moments where a child’s book unexpectedly left you contemplating life? It happens when these stories hit home, much like when an age-old hymn connects deeply with your heart. To find some gems that might become your favorite Christmas soundtrack or bedtime read-aloud, check out these hand-picked selections

And hey, if singing isn’t quite your thing (we’re not all American Idol winners), then cozying up with children’s books full of activities could be more up your alley—especially ones that come from online communities and forums sharing ideas for celebrating Jesus’ birthday with extra fun.

You’ll get no Grinch vibes here because inviting family members together for these shared experiences fosters connections deeper than any fiber optic cable could offer—and isn’t connection what this season’s really about? So go ahead: invite them over, blast those worship tunes from every speaker in sight, and let every note remind us all how sweetly profound celebrating Christ can truly be.

Key Takeaway: 


Dive into inspirational music and stories this Christmas to feel the divine spark. Whether it’s worship songs that resonate or children’s books with a twist of faith, these resources can light up your family’s holiday. Not a singer? No worries—cozy reads and online community tips offer fun ways to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. And for an extra touch of magic, turn daily devotionals into advent surprises or craft an Advent wreath as a symbol of hope.

FAQs in Relation to Christ Centered Christmas

What is a Christ-centered Christmas?

A Christ-centered Christmas keeps Jesus’ birth and teachings at the heart of celebrations, emphasizing faith over commercialism.

How do you make a Christ-centered Christmas?

To craft a Christ-focused holiday, weave religious traditions into your festivities, prioritize worship, giving, and reflection on the Nativity story.

What does “Christ-centered” mean?

“Christ-centered” means putting Jesus and His message at the core of thoughts, actions, especially during significant events like Christmas.

How do you keep Jesus the center of Christmas?

Maintain focus on Jesus by engaging in Advent practices; give back to others as He taught. Let scripture guide your holiday spirit.


So, we circled back to what matters. We found joy in the baby Jesus’ story and wrapped our hearts around a Christ Centered Christmas. And along the way, we learned.

We learned traditions like the Jesse Tree can connect us with generations past. Lighting candles became more than just decor; it was about hope and love personified.

We crafted mission statements that were all about giving—true gifts of service reflecting Jesus’ teachings.

We discovered devotional practices aren’t old-fashioned but pathways to deeper peace during bustling December days.

And most importantly? We taught our kids generosity isn’t just for Christmas—it’s a lifetime journey sparked by one holy night.


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