One of the many things that make Christmastime so magical is the family traditions passed down from generation to generation. There’s nothing like the smell of Grandma’s famous cookies to make us feel the child-like wonder of the holidays.
I bet a few of your own Christmas traditions have come to mind as you read this. Here are my family’s top three.
When our children were small, my husband, Scott and I realized the true meaning of Christmas could be easily hijacked by the presents. We wanted to give our children gifts, but also keep the focus on Christ. Our solution?
The wise men presented the Lord Jesus with three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Likewise, after reading the Christmas story, our children each received three gifts plus their stockings.
Between the grandparents and other relatives, believe me, they had plenty!
Serving and Giving to Others
The holidays are the perfect time to teach our children to be generous. Here are a few of the ways we demonstrated God’s love to others.
- Singing Christmas carols at rest homes and to shut-ins.
- Making Christmas cookies for the neighbors.
- Adopting a family in need.
- Christmas shoeboxes for local needy children.
- Serving at a rescue mission.
Birthday Cake for Jesus
Each year I make a birthday cake for Jesus using my mom’s special recipe. The cake is called “Jewish Coffee Cake.” I know it may seem strange for a Christian family to make a Jewish coffee cake for Jesus. But folks, Jesus was a Jew ♥
Click Jewish Coffee Cake for the recipe! It’s yummy!
We have other family traditions like making cookies. But during the busy holiday season, these are the must-dos!
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
Merry Christmas, friends!
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