Many of us can recall fondly our childhood Christmases with our families. We now have grandchildren or children who we wish to make memories with. These are ten family Christmas traditions you might consider sharing with your children.
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Christmas Traditions To Start Practicing
Read The Christmas Story:
One tradition I began with my children was to read Luke 2-20 every Christmas morning. We start to memorize (or refresh our memory) this passage about a week before Christmas to be able to quote it together.
You can read the entire Bible passage together or have everyone read just a few verses. Consider allowing younger children to be the Christmas reader for the year’s Christmas passage.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
Maybe your church holds a Christmas Eve celebration. This can be a tradition in your family’s Christmas traditions. These services feature familiar Christmas songs and are usually shorter than traditional church services. It may be a good idea to visit a friend’s church if your church doesn’t have a special service.
It’s a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve evenings with friends and/or a church group. Over the years, my family and I have enjoyed singing with various groups. Sometimes we drove around the town singing for family and friends; other times, we just randomly walked down the street and sang to anyone who was home.
Gift-giving is a tradition that many people enjoy. You could give a gift each year to a family or an organization in need as a special occasion. Your children can donate their favorite toys to an orphanage, homeless shelter or needy family. You can bring your entire family to the grocery store and pick up staple food items you want to donate.
You can find many family-friendly movies with Christmas themes that you will enjoy. You can all look forward to the special evening when your family sits down and enjoys a movie together, regardless of whether it’s the same movie you see each year or a new movie every year.
Even if classical music is not your thing, Handel’s Messiah has many familiar melodies. My mom and I don’t have the opportunity to see it yearly. However, we enjoy attending the Messiah’s live performances when we are together. We enjoy watching the TV recordings of it or listening to our favorite renditions from the London Philharmonic Choir.
Christmas play for the church
It can be difficult to watch poor acting from other children. But, you can be very patient when your kids are on stage. It doesn’t matter if it is an Oscar-winning production, but allowing your children to participate in a Christmas play at church can help reinforce the Christmas story.
A beautiful Christmas dinner is something to see. It can be difficult to put it all together. Make your Christmas dinner easy for everyone.
My wife, our children, and I have spent many Christmases apart from our extended family. Our Christmas dinner has become a tradition. We make ham, candied yams, and baked potatoes. This is not a complicated meal; it can be enjoyed daily. This has become a Christmas tradition.
When I was growing up, one of my highlights was the homemade cookies and candies. Although we didn’t get the chance to make them, we enjoyed eating them. It’s possible to teach your children how to make Christmas treats and candies they will enjoy every year.
Although Christmas has become too commercialized, many people still love the holiday and enjoy the lights and the special atmosphere. Decorating your tree or house can bring you together with your family and allow you to share with them the reasons you celebrate each year.
In conclusion, celebrating Christmas traditions is a great way to bring family and friends together. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one. It is a time to give thanks for all we have been blessed with. So, take the time to celebrate your Christmas traditions to start practicing with your family this year and enjoy remembering the birth of our Savior.