*Make sure to check out the giveaway toward the end of this post – you’re not going to want to miss it!*
I’ll admit it. I love to go all out for Christmas. The decorations, recipes, and activities are kind of irresistible!
Christmas is when we can take a break from the everyday schedule and learn about other places and people, their culture and traditions. What can I say? Christmas around the World studies were a big deal at my house.
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But there was something I was missing…something my son reminded me of in that sweet but profound way that only kids can.
“Why do we only focus on Christmas day? Aren’t we supposed to remember that Jesus is with us all year long?”
Out of the mouths of babes.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We still celebrate Christmas. I still decorate, we still cook like crazy, and we treasure our family traditions. But Christmas isn’t just about that one day, or even the month. It’s far more important than that.
Christmas is about Immanuel. “God with us.” He’s with us, among us, there for us to know better, each and every day.
That’s pretty incredible, and deserves way more than a day.
But how do you do that? It’s actually pretty easy. Here are some of our favorite ideas and resources!
Day by Day Kids Bible
This was easily one of my son’s favorite Bibles. It’s written in a way that’s easy for kids to understand and apply, and the daily reading schedule helps them keep up! It’s a wonderful Bible to use for morning devotions or bedtime.
Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls
You’ve probably seen the coloring/journaling Bibles for adults. You may even have one – I love working in mine! The drawings tend to be too complex for little hands, though. Now there’s a Bible made just for tween to teen girls, designed to help them spend time in the Word and study it more deeply. (There’s a teal version, too!)
Art projects, like this one from Table Life Blog, can be a great conversation starter and devotional object lesson. It’s fun to do at Christmas time, but easy to add in all year long!
The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
By Sally Lloyd-Jones / ZonderKidz
Every story whispers his name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation–and at the center of their own story too!
Christmas Music Unit Studies
If you’re anything like me, Christmas music isn’t just for December. The songs of Christmas make great studies all year round, and they’re super easy to add into your schedule with these free resources from Year Round Homeschooling!
Apples to Apples Bible Edition
Games are an amazing way to encourage your kids to gain a deeper understanding of God’s word – and have fun as a family doing so! It might seem odd, but this game has led to some amazing conversations in our family. It can do the same in yours!
There are a lot of little ways you can teach your kids to hold Christmas in their hearts by blessing and encouraging others. In the middle of the daily rush, though, it can be hard to think of them! That’s why I’ve compiled a free printable for you to use. Just cut the strips apart, keep them in a cute jar, and pull one out for your kids to complete!
Well, there you have it…some of my family’s favorite resources for keeping Christmas in your heart throughout the year. I hope they’re helpful to you!
Christmas Blessings Giveaway
2017 has flown right by and Christmas is already in the air! The giving season is upon us and I have partnered with 22 other bloggers to give TWO families $500 Paypal cash in the 4th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!
Our hope is to bless two families this year by allowing them to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off a bill, or to help build up their nest egg. Whatever the money ends up being used for, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.
You can earn a lot of entries using the form below. There are several chances to enter, and each option will give you more entries in the giveaway!
To enter, just comment on this post to unlock the first entry. Then, take advantage of as many of the other options to gain additional entries!
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win.
Best of luck, and blessings this Christmas!