Christmas is all about joy, service, and love. It is about getting together as a family and enjoying the wonderful holiday spirit. Christmas is a magical time of year. Gifts, feasts, and family all come together to create the holiday season. But with so many distractions, it can be easy to forget what this season is truly about: Jesus Christ!
Here are 21 Christ-centered Christmas activities to help you focus on Him this year! Use this as a daily activity leading up to Christmas or however else you’d like.
1. Go Christmas Caroling to neighbors or senior citizen homes
Senior citizens living in assisted living homes do not have many visitors. To help them feel loved, noticed, and appreciated this year, go caroling and visit with them! You can also carol to your neighbors and sing Christmas songs about Christ.
2. Set up the nativity
Set up a nativity scene in your home so you can always remember Christ as you walk by it. If you have young children in your home, create your own, or do another fun nativity craft.
3. Read about Christ’s birth with your family
In the New Testament, there are various chapters all sharing about Christ’s birth. Read through one of all with your family leading up to Christmas day! In Luke 2:
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
4. Bake cookies and drop them off to a friend
Bake some delicious Christmas cookies and then drop them off to your friends. You can ding dong ditch them for a Christmas surprise, or stop and visit with them as well.
5. Smile at a stranger today
Strangers need love and joy during the holiday season. Christ would want everyone to feel loved, so smile and notice everyone today while you are out and about. You never know who may need your sweet smile today!
6. Write down everything you’re grateful for
Christ lived his life being grateful for everything and shared his gratitude with his father. Write down everything you are thankful for. Pray and share that gratitude with God today too! I like to keep a journal and write down a new thing every day.
7. Give a gift or two to Toys for Tots
You never know who is needing extra help this year during Christmas. If you see someone struggling to get presents for their children, try doing a secret Santa. Toys for Tots will bring toys to kids who may never get any gifts.
8. Perform a Random Act of Kindness
Pay for someone’s coffee, let someone go in front of you in the line at the grocery store, or offer to help someone with tasks around the yard. You never know how much they will appreciate it!
9. Share about Christ on social media
Share about Christ on your social media today! You can simply share a picture or share all about what Christ has done for you.
10. Pray for someone in need of help
Jesus prayed for others all the time, and so should you! Today, think about the people in your life who need extra prayers, and then simply pray for them!
11. Text someone how much you love them
Sometimes we all need a random text for someone to brighten our day. Text someone you haven’t talked to in a while to simply share your love for them.
12. Go to church or worship about Christ
Try to go to church today or within the next week and get involved in worshipping Christ and all He has done for you!
14. Visit an elderly friend or widow
If you know of someone who is older and not in a nursing home, go and visit them! They will love this unexpected visit as you bring the holiday cheer with you!
15. Listen to Christmas music about Christ
Music is always so uplifting and inspiring, especially songs about Christ. Find all the Christmas songs that focus on Christ and listen to them all day long.
16. Visit a live nativity scene or create your own
So many cities will put on a live nativity scene. If there is one close to you, go visit it and enjoy this unique holiday tradition. If you have younger kids, try creating your own!
17. Write or sing a song about Christ
If you are feeling creative, write a song about Christ! Or, you can always listen to and sing your favorite song that talks about Him as well.
18. Give 5 hugs to people you see today
Hugs do more than you realize. Try to find 5 people to give hugs to today. See how many more you can find after doing the first five!
19. Volunteer at a food bank or donate food
Food banks are always so packed this time of the year, and food supply is limited. Try taking some time to volunteer at the food bank. If you are limited on time, simply get some food to donate!
20. Find someone you can serve today
Think about someone in need you know of today. Then, find ways to serve them as Jesus would!
21. Write down all Christ has done for you
As you focus on Christ this time of the year, take some time to ponder all that He has done for you. Then write everything down so you can look back and remember during your hard times.
These Christ-centered Christmas activities will help you and your family draw closer to Christ this holiday season. Share with your friends so you all can have a more joyful Christmas this year! But most importantly, remember Christmas it is about Christ and everything he has done for us.