Christmas is just over a month away! Have you decided what your plan is this year? Do you sometimes feel that in the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties, shopping, presents, and decoration that the real reason for the season seems to get lost? I know I did! Have you been looking for ways to have a more Christ centered Christmas? I know I was!
As a young mother, I wanted to turn the hearts of my family towards Christ. Somehow, the commercialization of Christmas was a distraction. My husband and I decided to start family traditions that focused more on Christ. We began having a Christmas devotional each night before Christmas in December. This has been a family tradition for over 30 years! So, in 2015 we created this devotional. The tradition was so wonderful for our family, we also created devotionals to celebrate other holidays, as well.
This devotional is customizable to your family's needs. If you have a minute or two or children with short attention spans, just read the daily scripture at one of the family meals. If you have a minute more, add the quote. What if you have five minutes, then add the poem or Christmas carol. If you would like a wonderful way to start or end the day and have perhaps 10 minutes or more, take the Spirit of the Season Challenge and include the Classic Christmas stories; some are very short and others are a chapter from a classic story. This is a tradition that can grow with your family.
So, we created this full color, classics based Christmas devotional:
A Classic Christmas Devotional Anthology
A Classic Christmas Devotional Anthology
We invite you to enjoy this new Christmas family tradition!
Start a new tradition! Celebrate Christmas all month long!
A Classic Christmas Devotional is a 31 Day Anthology of over 240+ pages KJV Bible based content, designed to be used as a daily devotional to focus our hearts and minds on Christ and Christmas. Daily Bible verses, quotes, the Spirit of the Season Challenges (a Christmas focused activity each day), poems/carols, and classic Christmas stories. Bonus- Christ Centered Family Christmas Traditions: From Our Home to Yours.
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This devotional is printable e-format, which can be enjoyed on an I-Pad, Kindle, laptop or printed and placed in a binder.
Created in 2015.
Sample Day 1 ~ Each day begins with a Classic Christmas Art work with Credits below, followed by scripture, a quote, The Spirit of the Season Challenge, a Christmas Carol or Hymn, or Poem, followed by a short Classic Christmas Story. Then after all of the days, we share our Family Christ Centered Christmas Traditions. So you have Art appreciation, poetry, literature, music, foundation for devotions, plenty of copy work of either scripture or quote, and daily activities. This is a great start for Homeschooling Christmas or a daily Family Devotional.
1879, by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), British Pre-Raphaelite Artist.
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.”
~ Luke 1: 30, 31
"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."
~ By George F. McDougall
The Spirit of the Season Challenge
Prepare for Christmas by placing an empty manger on display with straw in a container next to it.
When someone has rendered a good deed or service, the receiver of the service gets to place a piece of straw in the manger.
Away in the Manger
By James Ramsey Murray 1841-1905
Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing,
the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus,
look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle
till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever,
and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children
in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to
live with Thee there.
The Gift of the Magi
1905, by O. Henry
(William Henry Porter 1862-1910)
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.
There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating... (The full story is included in the Devotional)
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