Things you’ll need:

  • Gift box or basket
  • Craft or notebook paper, pencils, crayons, ribbon or yarn, or premade paper ornaments
  • Birthday cake or cupcakes
  • Optional – small Christmas tree

Faith Talk:

Use this family activity throughout the Christmas season as you celebrate the Gift of Jesus. Find creative ways to give gifts that money cannot buy.

During the first week of December, bring the family together and discuss the true meaning of Christmas. How will your family limit the distractions this season to keep your focus on Jesus?

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish
but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Spend time making a variety of paper ornaments together. Cut out different shapes and colors. Add yarn for the hanger. Place all the ornaments in your basket or gift box and put them in a prominent place in your home.

John 3:16 explains the motivation behind God’s greatest gift to us—Jesus.

“For God loved the world so much that He gave…”

God’s gift of Jesus came from His heart filled with love. This season, encourage your family to focus on giving “gifts from the heart.” These gifts cost no money, but they will cost you time and energy. Love for others will motivate you to give “gifts from the heart” this Christmas season. This family activity will help you focus on and celebrate these love gifts.

Each time you observe a family member giving a “gift from the heart”, write it down on an ornament and hang it from the tree. Examples could include:

  • Dad helps a neighbor hang Christmas lights.
  • A sister helps her brother clean his room.
  • A child helps set the table for dinner.
  • Mom makes dinner for a sick friend.

On Christmas Eve, gather the ornaments from the tree and put them in a box. Wrap the box and put it under your tree.

After your Christmas meal, celebrate Jesus’ birth by singing Happy Birthday. Open the gift. As you eat dessert together, reflect on the gifts that were given this season from your heart.

End your celebration by thanking God for giving us the best “gift from the heart” on that first Christmas.

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