Have A More Christ Centered Christmas

Keep the focus on Christ in the midst of all of the holiday festivities. Here are twelve Christ centered Christmas ideas you can use with your preschoolers.

Christmas is just around the corner. I know we just celebrated Thanksgiving, which means Christmas is not too far away. Are you ready? I’m not. I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas, but I’m getting there.

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Have a Christ Centered Christmas

Whether or not Santa is part of your Christmas celebrations, it’s important to teach our little ones the true meaning of Christmas.

We need to redirect their attention to the birth of our Savior, and focus less on the gift list.

Focus on others.

Focusing on others can help your little ones focus on Jesus. One thing I do is have my kids go through their toy boxes and closets to gather things that are in good condition but that they no longer use. We’ve already started gathering stuffed animals to donate ours to the police department.

We also have plans to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Your little ones will get such a thrill picking out gift items for a child their age.

This is a great time to talk to your preschooler about the fact that there are children around the world that aren’t as privileged as they are. They may not have gifts under the tree without your shoebox. This can also lead to a discussion on being thankful for what they have. This is the highlight of our holiday season.

Nativity

Add a nativity scene or two to your holiday decorations. Let your preschooler help you set it out. Talk about the role each character had in the nativity story.

Be sure to have at least one nativity scene on hand that is kid-friendly so that your preschoolers can play with it. Let them use the figures to tell you the story of Jesus’s birth. 

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Melk the Monkey

Many people use Elf on the Shelf to countdown to Christmas. I'll admit that I have in years past. Emma loves to wake up on the morning to see where she's moved and what she's done overnight. But, I never used our elf, Lindsey, to keep the focus on Christ. I just had fun with her.

However, last year, we replaced Lindsey with Melk, the Christmas Monkey. Melk, the Christmas , is an adorable little monkey who comes to visit and teach God's character through the holiday season.

In the book, Melk, the Christmas Monkey, there are 30 Bible-based lessons to teach God's character to the whole family throughout the Christmas season. Because each activity is centered around a Bible passage, it's easy to incorporate Melk into your Christ-centered holiday celebrations.

Read the Christmas Story.

Read the Christmas story. Read it from the Bible. Read it from a Children's Bible. Read storybook versions. Read it over and over again until your kids can retell you the Christmas story.

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