Eight ways to bring Christ back into Christmas!

Give God one very special gift just from you to Him. Let this gift be something personal that no one else needs to know about, and let it be a sacrifice. David said in 2 Samuel 24 that he would not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing. Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive for a long time. You may discover that you’ve given a gift back to yourself. Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up. Make this your most important gift of the season.
 
Set aside a special time to read the story of the birth of Christ in Luke 1:5-56 through 2:1-20. Consider reading this account with your family and discussing it together.
Plan a project of good will this Christmas. A few years ago, my family adopted a single mom for Christmas. She was barely making ends meet and didn’t have money to buy gifts for her small child. Together we bought gifts for both mother and daughter and replaced their broken down washing machine the week of Christmas.
Give a surprise gift of service to each member of your family. Jesus taught us to serve by washing the disciples feet. He also taught us that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, NIV). Giving an unexpected gift of service to members of your family demonstrates Christ-like love and service. You might consider giving a back rub to your spouse, running an errand for your brother, or cleaning out a closet for your mother. Make it personal and meaningful and watch the blessings multiply.
Set aside a time of family devotions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Before opening the gifts, take a few minutes to gather together as a family in prayer and devotions. Read a few Bible verses and discuss as a family the true meaning of Christmas.
Attend a “Christmas Service.”
Send Christmas cards that convey a spiritual message. This is an easy way to share your faith at Christmas time. If you’ve already bought the reindeer cards—no problem! Just write a Bible verse and include a personal message with each card.
Write a Christmas letter to a missionary, a preacher, a teacher or someone else who has impacted your life for the better. Everyone needs encouragement, especially those who selflessly minister to the needs of others.