Ultimate Guide to Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

While we enjoy the Christmas season with all the trees, lights, parties, and gifts, we strive to keep our family focused on the reason we celebrate Christmas—Jesus Christ. That is a hard task when everything around us during the holidays is screaming for us to focus on ourselves and to spend, spend, spend money we don’t have. I have found that we’re not alone in making keeping CHRIST in Christmas a priority. What follows are links to products, books, activities, and projects we love, along with resources and inspiration from some of my friends, both online and in real life.

Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

Inspiration and Explanation

  • The Reason for the Season {Part One} at Life by Ashley Pichea calls us to a simpler Christmas season.
  • The Reason for the Season {Part Two} at Life by Ashley Pichea invites us to quiet reflection.
  • 10 Days of More JESUS in Christmas – Day 1 at Preschoolers and Peace is the beginning of a series. Above the title, you will find a link to the next day in the series and can work your way through all ten days.
  • Christmas Thoughts on Immanuel: His Presence is my reflection on what it means to focus on God and His presence.
  • Realistic Christmas Expectations at Preschoolers and Peace is a reminder of how to gently lead children to the real reason for the season.
  • Honoring Christ and Celebrating Christmas, Part I at Preschoolers and Peace is all about the “non-tangible aspects of celebrating Christmas.” (You can read Part II by clicking the link that appears above the title of this post.)
  • In Rejoicing with Mary and Believing His Promises! and Joseph…can you imagine? at Mom’s Mustard Seeds, my friend Rebecca explores Christ’s birth by leading us to reflect on how His parents must have felt to realize that they were responsible for raising the Messiah.
  • Make Way for the King at Serving from Home is an invitation to leave the trappings of Christmas behind and experience God’s presence.
  • Happy Birthday, Jesus! at Cornerstone Confessions is a post full of photos (and some words) documenting one family’s celebration of Jesus’s birth.
  • No Santa here, thanks from MedinaMom is my friend Jennifer’s explanation for banishing Santa from her home so they can better focus on Christ.
  • ‘Tis the Season to Be . . . Lonely? is my reflection on the Christmas season—and why we should never feel alone.

Books

  • The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie is a new book for my family and me this year. It has inspired my children in ways I never expected.
  • Top 20 Christ-Centered Christmas Read Alouds at Not Consumed is a great place to start your Christmas reading list!
  • 24 Christ-Centered Christmas Books for Advent at To the Moon and Back adds even more books for your family to read during the Christmas season.
  • Best Christmas Books for Your Collection from Preschoolers and Peace is a collection of overtly spiritual/Christian books for Christmas.
  • Silver Packages from Our Journey Westward is a review of the book by the same name. It shares the premise of the book and how the book inspired their family to bless others.
  • Jotham’s Journey at Our Journey Westward is another book review of a book that is written as an advent read-aloud and is part historical fiction, part devotional.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Books at Preschoolers and Peace has even more links to great Christmas books! Some are a repeat of what I’ve already listed, but a couple are new!

Bible Study

  • The Birth of Jesus from Grapevine Studies is a Bible study that takes your family verse by verse through the Christmas story. The kids draw stick figures to represent major points and help them remember the text along the way. We’re doing this now and LOVE it!
  • The Christmas Storybook from Adventures in Mommydom is a FREE download of a four-week Bible study that covers the whole Christmas story. We may do this one when we finish The Birth of Jesus!

Homeschool Activities for Christmas

Advent/Countdown Activities

  • Truth in the Tinsel is a fun way to keep the Advent season Christ-centered. We’re checking it out for the first time this year. There are printable ornaments available if you don’t have the time or supplies to do the crafts each day.
  • How to Celebrate Advent with a Jesse Tree from Feels Like Home has a free download of a Jesse Tree Advent activity book your family can use every year!
  • If you’re not sure what a Jesse Tree is or how it fits with Advent, there’s a great Jesse Tree FAQ at Feels Like Home too!
  • Everyday Emmanuel from What’s in the Bible? is a new Christmas Countdown experience designed to help families make the most of the Advent season.
  • Advent Calendar Clues Find Meaning at Raising Arrows describes a great way to combine an Advent calendar with serving others.
  • Advent Tree with Verses and Pictures at Living and Learning at Home shows how one family takes a Thanksgiving tree and turns it into an Advent tree. It also provides readings for each day during Advent.
  • Advent for FREE from Gricefully Homeschooling is a great list of resources for Advent and Christmas Countdowns. Please verify that the resources you’re interested in are still free before downloading. Some of the links in the post are time-sensitive.
  • Christmas in 25 Boxes at Cornerstone Confessions has “printable devotionals for do-it-yourself Advent boxes.”
  • Ultimate Guide to Christmas Countdowns at Not Consumed is a list of great resources for Advent. (Please note that not all of these resources are Christ-centered, but many of them are.)
  • Ultimate Advent Ideas List from Adventures in Mommydom has compiled great Advent resources. Some are already listed here, but many are not!
  • Advent Calendar Ideas from Honeycomb Adventures Press, LLC has good some resources for Advent.
  • Keeping Christ AS Christmas 2012 – Advent Ideas at Smelling Coffee has links to a lot of great Advent resources, but I was especially drawn to the cute do-it-yourself ideas.
  • Blessed December! Joy Dare! And 10 Wondrous Links for Your Advent Weekend is up at A Holy Experience. Ann Voskamp always inspires me and reminds me that grace and joy are within reach—as we practice daily gratitude.

Family Activities for the Season

Serving Others

Pinterest Boards

This post is part of an Ultimate Christmas Blog Hop with iHomeschool Network. Be sure to check out each day’s post!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information.
Photo credit: Jennifer A. Janes (with the exception of the blog hop button)

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15 Responses to Ultimate Guide to Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

  1. Tehila says:

    This is an incredible and comprehensive list, which will keep me busy for days! It’s so great to focus on the real reason for celebrating Christmas! All the rest seem quite insignificant when He captures our hearts with remembering Him!

    Thank you for putting all the work and effort into this list!
    God bless you as you abide in Him!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Jennifer, this is a FANTASTIC Guide. Too often, the true meaning is forgotten. Sadly, many really do not know the true gift of Christmas or what Advent really is about or how it began. Thank you for compiling this list.

  3. Ticia says:

    These are AWESOME! Thanks for linking to my posts.

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  9. Christie says:

    Rock. on. Thanks so much! :) I had started compiling a list of things, but boy does this save some work!

  10. Hi Jennifer~ I saw this address on my blog stats page and am so excited to see this wealth of Christ in/as Christmas resources and links! Thank you for including mine here, too. :-)

    I plan on using some of these resources this year in our own home, and I’ll link here as I do some Christmas posts in the near future.

    May the Lord bless you as you continue to help others Keep Christ AS Christmas~
    Jennifer Walker

    • You’re welcome, Jennifer! I’m glad you found more resources you can use with your own family, and I appreciate you sharing this post with others as they plan their CHRISTmas activities!

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