Since publishing my last book in the Legacy Series, The LOVING Legacy, As For Me & My House, I’ve been so passionate about bringing my faith into my home and those close to me. It’s no wonder my heart has been impressed upon to keep Christ in CHRISTmas at our home. So this year I wanted to share with you all 12 things I’m doing to keep Christ in CHRISTmas from here on out. Join me for these 12 Days Before Christmas below.
DAY 1: Monday December 13, SEND CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS
Send out CHRISTIAN Christmas cards, ones with a Bible verse or that mention Jesus and our faith. It’s surprising how something as small as this puts a voice to your faith in a public way. Something many are shying away from.
DAY 2: Tuesday December 14, DO A DEVOTIONAL/ADVENT
Do a family Christmas devotional/advent. There are plenty out there and HERE is a link to give you plenty of options. This is sure to keep you in sync with Christ over Christmas.
DAY 3: Wednesday December 15, PRAISE CHRIST
Stay focused and inspired ON Christ OVER Commercialism. Crank up CHRISTIAN Christmas music. Be intentional about listening to Christian Christmas music or before you know it, ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ will be blasting throughout your home. (Oh, I’m no fuddy-duddy but why not get faith-infused as you hum along to sweet holiday praises?)
DAY 4: Thursday December 16, SAY YOUR PRAYERS
Call on God to help you do Christmas, and your faith, His way. Try sending off a Christmas prayer each day at supper or each night before you go to bed, leading up to Christmas.
OPEN THE DOOR OF LOVE
Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
That we may share in the song of the angels,
The gladness of the shepherds,
And worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
And open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
And good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing, which Christ brings
And teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us
Happy to be thy children
And Christmas evening bring us
To our beds with grateful thoughts
Forgiving and forgiven
For Jesus sake
— Robert Louis Stevenson
DAY 5: Friday December 17, SET UP YOUR NATIVITY SCENE
Set up a nativity scene. For some reason, I didn’t do this for a few years. Not sure why, maybe after a move the box got pushed to the back or I forgot. YIKES, I hate to say that. But, this year we got it out and had Baby Iris and Raya help set it up. I love it so much and am so glad to see it out front and center in our home. What a great way to bring honor to Christ at this time and to involve the family.
DAY 6: Saturday December 18, GO TO CHURCH TOGETHER
Go to church together. Especially after COVID folks have seen how wonderful hearing the Word in the comfort of your home and PJs are. Think about how wonderful that would be, your family all snug in your home, with coffee, and with the fire going. Yet, all over the Bible, we are taught the importance of meeting together, praising, worshiping, being taught, and inspiring others with a community of believers.
Hebrews 10:25 | Let us not give up Meeting Together, as Some are in The Habit of Doing, but let us Encourage one Another and All The More as You See The Day Approaching.
DAY 7: Sunday December 19, TRIM THE TREE TOGETHER
I know this doesn’t sound all that ‘Christian’ but if you mix it with reading ‘The Story of the Three Trees.’ it can bring a wonderful message of how God uses us all for His amazing work.
DAY 8: Monday December 20, GIFT GOD
Give God a gift. What is the best gift God gave you? He gifted each of us with amazing gifts and talents and he is waiting for us to learn of them, master them with His help, and then to do great work for the kingdom with them. Oh, don’t think you all need to be on tour shouting the gospel from the mountain tops. Our call is very unique to each of us. Each year have your family member share what they feel God has ‘gifted them with’ and then what action they plan to do in the year to grow it.
DAY 9: Tuesday December 21, SHARE THE STORY
Share the Christmas Story. If you don’t do it already, a wonderful Christmas tradition is to share the Christmas story RIGHT before opening gifts. It helps keep things in perspective and allows all members to hear the true meaning of the holiday. Simply reading out of the Bible ( Luke 2:1-20) is great. If you have young ones THIS LINK is a great one for toddler learners. The video below is good for children of mixed ages.
DAY 10: Wednesday December 22, GIFT OF SERVICE
Give gifts of service like working at a food pantry, adopting a family for Christmas, sending a care package to a college student in your town or go caroling at a nursing home. It feels good to give this way. It takes more effort but the reward, I dare say, is equal in its value. Have each family member come up with one sweet act of service and ENJOY!
DAY 11: Thursday December 23, GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Have each member of the family wrap up a box for the other members, inside the box, is one word or one note describing God’s glory that is evident in them. A sister who is sweetly generous, another who is sensitive and caring, a father who protects, and a mother who loves wholly. Stress the importance of everyone either saying just one word or all truly explaining their words well. These spoken words can prophetically speak life into your family for years to come.
DAY 12: Friday December 24, GIFT CHRIST
What is the best gift Christ gave you? LIFE? Twice? So what on earth could we give Him that could even measure. How about forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it. Maybe care for the forgotten widow or sit with the down trotted. There are several families from my mother’s church that love on her in ways I know my sister and I should but while we at times get too busy or forget, she is seen by them. It takes a village so what Jesus-like gift could you do this Christmas? You can find a very special wooden box to keep under the tree. Each family member can put a note in the box stating what they plan to do this year, on behalf of Christ.
Merry Christmas friends,
I hope you join me in these 12 Days Before Christmas,