Celebrating the Birth of Jesus

These days it can be common for people to get caught up in the festivities which lead up to Christmas and focus more on buying presents, decorating the home, organising social gatherings and making the perfect Christmas dinner, than reflecting on why we celebrate this special day.

However, Christmas doesn’t have to be a stressful and chaotic time and you can in fact relax and enjoy the festive season in calm serenity, by spending time reflecting on the birth of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us and continues to do!

Truly we are blessed to be deeply loved by our Saviour, having complete peace in His Power, Grace and unfailing Love! Learning to live life with a joyful attitude, showing love and kindness to others, will truly make us enjoy and appreciate life to the fullest. Jesus Christ paid a very high price for us to have freedom and to live in abundance.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Many may find it difficult to shut out the consumerism and greed that Christmas often brings, but by setting a great example to children and teaching them about how important it is to love other people, you can ensure that you are bringing them up to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

While celebrating the birth of Jesus, it is also a fantastic time to teach children about charity and helping others, especially at this time of year where there are a lot of people who will be missing family and friends and perhaps have no one to share Christmas with.

You could tell them stories from the Bible about how Jesus helped those who were less fortunate and share ideas about charitable activities that they could do themselves, such as donating toys and clothes to a Children’s Home, making food for homeless shelters or sacrificing a gift so that the money can be given to their chosen charity instead.

Children may also enjoy setting up a Nativity scene to learn about the birth of Jesus Christ and help them to celebrate this day by understanding what happened and all the people who were involved. You could buy your own Nativity scene or have fun making one, if the children in your care love to be creative.

Being available to answer questions about Jesus Christ and the Christmas story is also an important part of celebrating His birth, and praying together will create a strong bond between you and your children. This can help you to feel close to Christ during this special time of year.

Another way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, is to sing carols together, which highlights how important Christmas Day is in the Christian religion, and to visit Church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so that you can all celebrate as part of the community.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Even if you are not a practicing Christian, Christmas offers a great opportunity to reflect on your year and think about others and what you could do to help those less fortunate. This will teach your children to be kind and compassionate to others.

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Psalm 126:3