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12 Ways to Have a CHRIST-Centered Christmas

December 1st, 2016 Posted in From Ashley

I’m a big fan of the ladies who blog at thedatingdivas.com. They have so many creative, fun & colourful (you’ll see what I mean when you click the link!) ideas for date night, family activities and the different holidays. I hope this list sparks some creativity in your home for keeping the focus on Christ this Christmas, even with all the hustle & bustle. Merry Christmas! – Ashley

12 Ways to Have a CHRIST-Centered Christmas

Because HE is the reason for the season.  And His presence is more important than the presents.

Christ-Centered Christmas

It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas.  There are presents to buy and wrap, Christmas cards to make and send, lights to hang, and goodies to make.  It’s just easy to forget the real reason for the season.  This time of year I try to remember our first Christmas together after we got married.  It was my first Christmas away from home, and we were far away teaching English in China.  I was pregnant and miserably sick.  There was no snow or lights or carols.  No stockings, gingerbread houses, or Christmas cards.  After all, it wasn’t a holiday in China.  We tried to get into the Christmas spirit by cutting out paper snowflakes and downloading Christmas songs from iTunes.  We even found a tiny 6-inch Christmas tree in the city.  But for some reason, I still wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit.

On Christmas Eve I started thinking about everything our families would be doing back home and on Christmas morning we had to go teach our classes.  There were no presents under our little tree.  Money was tight and we decided we’d exchange letters instead of gifts.  But as I sat down to read my husband’s letter, my entire mood shifted.  He talked about how grateful he was for our marriage and how excited he was to become a dad in the new year.  As I continued reading, I started thinking of the first Christmas family and that little baby in the manger.  I thought of my own new family and our little baby that was growing inside of me.  And suddenly I was overwhelmed with love- Christ’s love for me.  That’s the Christmas spirit!  We didn’t have any presents to unwrap, but we had all of the greatest gifts already.   Away on the other side of the world, away from the materialism and commercialism of Christmas- I found and felt the real reason for the season.  And every year as things get crazy and chaotic, I try to remember our first Christmas and what’s really important- my family and my God.


So this year, we decided to round-up all the resources that you’ll need to keep CHRIST in Christmas!
 

Including CHRIST-Centered Christmas . . .

  • Music {The Ultimate Playlist}
  • Decor  {Free Printables}
  • Books  
  • Movies
  • Advents
  • “Elf on the Shelf” Alternatives
  • Crafts & Activities
  • Coloring Pages
  • Treats & Snacks
  • Gifts 
  • Traditions
  • Service

Now obviously you can’t do them all!  But hopefully as you browse through them you’ll find the perfect traditions and activities to help bring your family closer together and closer to Christ.  Because THAT is what it’s all about.

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2 Responses to “12 Ways to Have a CHRIST-Centered Christmas”

  1. Greg Says:

    This is a great resource for ideas and I love all of them! I’m also glad you offer “Elf On A Shelf” alternatives, because I personally abhor and despise that little troll.


  2. Ashley Says:

    Hi Greg! Glad it was useful for you! Hope you & your family had a wonderful Christmas :)


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