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6 Christmas Memory Makers For Your Family

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Angel Tree, Grapevine Mills Mall, Dec ’10

Christmastime locks memories in a child’s mind that last a lifetime. You may not remember everything as a kid, but you do remember Christmas. As parents, we can intentionally create memories for our kids that will shape their futures. Here are six, fun, meaningful and intentional memory makers we’ve been doing with our family.

1. Christmas Services:

There is no better way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the family than to attend a Christmas Production or Christmas Eve service at a local church. The whole family gets dressed up, nerves get tested, and emotions get tense as everyone scurries to make it on time and composed. I love this, because it makes a memory, a fun memory about going to church together and the whole family hears the Good News of Jesus!

Milestone Church’s Christmas Services
Production: Dec 16th 7pm, Dec 17th 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, Dec 18th 9am, 11am, 1pm
Christmas Eve: Dec 24th, 1pm, 3pm, & 5pm


2. Christmas Light Excursion:

Pick up, or pack up some hot chocolate, put on some Christmas music and have some fun. Score the houses 0-10 and get everyone involved. If you have gifts to deliver to friends, then make that your route as you elf around the city.

3. Angel Tree

This is a great way to take kids focus off themselves and bring some joy to another. Adopt an Angel(s) the same age as your kid(s), then go shopping for the desired gift. As you shop, talk about how special this will be for the kid you’re buying for. Throughout the rest of your Christmas celebrations, talk about these kids and pray for them.

4. Christmas Movies

There are so many fun Christmas movies to watch as a family. Whether it’s Frosty or Santa Clause, Elf , or Rudolph , the main things is the memory. Get out the blankets, pop some popcorn and curl up on the couch. Embrace the moment because too soon our kids will be watching these movies with their kids.

5. Interactive Nativity Story

If you have a Nativity set, this is a great way to get the kids involved in the real story of Christmas. Read the Nativity story right out of the bible and as each character is introduced; have your kids place that character in the Nativity setting. You can even have your kids repeat some of the key dialogue from each character.

  • Luke 1:26-38 (Angel Gabrielle, Mary)
  • Luke 2: 1-20 (Joseph, manger, animals, Baby Jesus, shepherds)
  • Matthew 2:1-11 (Wise men )

6. Birthday Cake for Jesus

Make a cake with your kids to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let them decorate it how they think Jesus would like it. Sing Happy Birthday if you’d like, then eat it up!

What ideas or traditions do you have?

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