Keeping Christmas in Your Heart

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.

Keeping Christmas in Your Heart

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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

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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.

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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.

Art Projects

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

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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!

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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!

Daily Blessings

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!

You can get your copy when you subscribe to my newsletter. Just fill out the form below and it’s yours!

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!

Comment below and let me know your favorite way to keep Christmas all year long!

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