We decorated the outside of the preschool where I work with several different Christmas inflatables last week. One of the inflatables is an absolutely adorable 6 foot trio of Joseph and Mary holding baby Jesus. (See it HERE.) It rained one day while the children were leaving for the day at pick up time and one little preschooler began to cry. This child’s mom told me that her daughter cried the whole way home because she didn’t want baby Jesus to get wet in the rain. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sweet little one’s heart for the Savior.
May we love Jesus just as much this Christmas season!
With that said, here is a fun collection of ideas to celebrate all month long with a special A-Z theme!
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A – Ask the Lord as a family what things you can do to celebrate His birth this Christmas.
B – Books! Read books during the month of December that celebrate Jesus as the reason for the season! See my favorites HERE.
C – Cards! Have your kids create and decorate birthday cards for Jesus. Fill them with sweet messages and then place them in a special stocking in honor of the birthday boy.
D – Ding Dong Ditch! Use THIS amazing printable to Ding Dong Ditch a nativity set to a neighborhood family and share the Christmas story with them.
E – Elves of Kindness! Be magic little elves this Christmas by finding thoughtful ways to bless others. Click HERE for several sweet and simple ideas!
F – Fly a birthday flag for Jesus in your front yard. Click HERE to find one!
G – Give stuff away! Have your kids take stock of their toys and clothes. Then take the ones they are ready to move along to a shelter or crisis center.
H – Hot Chocolate with the husband after the kids have gone to sleep. HERE is a tasty recipe with a twist!
I – Invite someone to your church’s Christmas Eve service.
J – Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Make a poster to hang in your home’s front window like THIS one.
K – Kid’s room trees! Put a special mini tree or nativity set in each of your children’s rooms. Let them decorate it!
L – Live nativity! Visit a live nativity as a family. Let your kids invite a friend along.
M – Music! Listen to Christ-centered Christmas music every year, especially while decorating your tree, or call faraway relatives and friends and sing Christmas carols to them. Or play a silly game where you sing a Christmas carol with your tongue hanging out.
N – Notes in your stockings! Have everyone in the family write short notes to each other and then drop them in the appropriate stockings. Read on Christmas Day! Or stick notes in the stockings of whoever’s house you visit this Christmas.
O – Ornaments! Pick out a new Christmas ornament each year for your child. Try to find one that reflects your child’s interests or a particular milestone he/she accomplished that year. When that child marries, give him/her the collection as a wedding gift.
P – Play a fun Christmas game! Find the best ideas HERE.
Q – Quick Christmas crafts! 1. Cut out your child’s hand and footprints to make a reindeer. Use a red pompom for the nose. 2. Cut out the circular center of a paper plate, paint green with red dots, add ribbon and hang! 3. Frost an upside down ice cream cone with green icing, add mini M&Ms and you have a yummy Christmas tree-t!
R – Reindeer Cookies! THESE are so easy! The kids will love to make them – and eat them!
S – Sleepover under the Christmas tree. Have everyone lay out sleeping bags and sleep under the tree one night in December.
T – Take a plate of Christmas dinner to someone who is working on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
U – Use a candy cane to share the Gospel with someone. Grab a FREE Printable HERE!
V – Visit someone in need of Christmas cheer. Perhaps an elderly person in the church, a single mom, someone in the hospital, etc. Bring them a poinsettia.
W – Wise Men. Emphasize the Wise Men’s journey to baby Jesus by placing those 3 nativity figures a short distance from the rest of the nativity. Each day leading up to Christmas, move the trio closer until they arrive on the 25th. Read about this meaningful tradition HERE.
X – X-tra gifts! Read all about this fun and magical tradition HERE!
Y – Yearly traditions! Make coffee cake (best recipe HERE) on Christmas morning every year, read the Luke 2 passage around the tree on Christmas morning every year, or attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight service every year.
Which ideas will you do as a family? I can’t wait to hear.
And in the spirit of the ABC’s, I have a joke for you…
Q. What is the first thing elves learn in school?
A. The “elf”-abet!