Walmart doesn’t sell Christmas road maps. Can you imagine the flurry of customers to grab a copy of the Christmas best-practice guide hot off the press? I might be first in line, that is, unless it required parking lot campouts like Black Friday.Source
What do you want your Christmas to look like this year?
Having a clear vision and writing concrete steps toward a goal is the best way to make progress. Your holiday season can be what you make it to be. Whether you delight in a sophisticated lighting display, arrange color-coordinated wrapped gifts beneath your tree, or prefer a humble celebration, you can make it happen by making a clear and doable plan.
Navigate the holidays by making your own Christmas road map, an advent calendar.
Advent calendars are an age-old method of celebrating Christmas day by day that you can modify to design a personalized holiday within your family’s home. Your calendar can be simple, like this one, my pick for 2013, or you can get crafty and make your advent calendar the central element of your Christmas decor.
Around here, we like to keep Christmas simple and focused on Christ. My husband and I read about his birth, talk about the importance of Jesus, and intentionally center all of our family Christmas activities on Jesus and toward throwing him a birthday bash on Christmas day.
Use my family’s list of advent activities to inspire your own Christmas celebration!
- We talk about why we celebrate Christmas- What is it? WHO is it?
- Make a nativity. We laminated a free printable with paper dolls last year and Summer loved it!
- Sing carols.
- Read a Christ-centered children’s Christmas book like The Tale of Three Trees, my fave.
- Design and hand out invitations to Jesus’ birthday party.
- Bake “thank you” cupcakes for teachers with these scripture gift tags attached.
- Hold a family dance party rocking out to free K-Love Christmas radio online.
- Write and mail personalized Christmas cards.
- Order holiday peppermint mochas from Starbucks or make your own (for mom, that is) and talk about the star of Bethlehem. You knew I had a connection going there, right?
- Write letters to and pray for our missionary friends.
- Make cookies to share.
- Decorate the house with meaningful ornaments and explain the significance of each.
- Watch a family Christmas movie.
- Have a candlelit dinner with a simple meal and read the Christmas story in Matthew.
- Bust out the crayons! Color Christmas coloring pages and hang them on display.
- Listen to the Christmas story with a free online audio Bible.
- Read about how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
- Donate baby items to a children’s home and talk about baby Jesus.
- Make a list of things we’re thankful to God for.
- Take a family photo and write our list of blessings (from #19) around the frame in colorful permanent marker.
- Hang decor and balloons for Jesus’ birthday party, like this twig star from Happy Hooligans.
- Attend a nighttime Christmas church service a la Home Alone.
- Snuggle together at bedtime and read the Christmas story in Luke.
- Bake and decorate Jesus’ birthday cake
- Fast forward. Discuss the Easter story to emphasize why Christmas is so important.
Where does your Christmas roadmap lead? Which activities and traditions will you include this year? Get your creative juices flowing and make this an unforgettable Christmas for you and your loved ones
This is the third post in the “C” is for Christ(mas) series I’m participating in with 4 other talented bloggers. Visit every day this week for unique ideas to keep Christ in focus this holiday and mark your calendar for Friday’s Christmas link-up where you can showcase any and all your holiday-inspired posts!
Check out the other posts in this series and come back tomorrow for more!