How to Keep Christ in “Christmas”

How many other moms are being asked 3 times a day, “How many days until Christmas?” We started a tradition a few years ago that helps us keep Christ the center of our Christmas holiday as well as help the children see how many days til Christmas. First, cut out strips of paper, one for every day left til Christmas. Each family member writes down one idea per strip on how the family can follow Christ’s example for the day, such as, “Give someone a compliment” or “Call Grandma”.

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Then link the paper strips together to make a paper chain.

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paper chain

You can use this to decorate your tree or somewhere in your house.

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paper chain

Each morning, take off one of the chains and challenge everyone to do the suggestion written on that strip. It usually helps if they know you will discuss what they did at the end of the day.

You may find the perpetual questioning of movement of time might cease, and the true meaning of Christmas might return to your home!

A word of advice: Choose ideas that are EASY to do. One year the suggestions include baking cookies or sending something in the mail, etc. Never got done. The next year I got smart and simplified it to things that could be done in a very short amount of time.

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My name is Heidi and I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have three young girls and a baby son, and a husband who makes me laugh. We love to turn up the music and dance in the livingroom, bend down and smell fresh grass, and play at the beach in the sunshine. I run a stand up paddle school, sharing good times with tourists on the island. I love teaching stand up paddling, and it proves a challenge to do a good job raising a family while running a business. Like my post? Please leave a comment.
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