Last night at Relief Society, I was asked to come up with family home evening ideas and activities that are centered around Christ. (For those who aren’t Mormon, Family Home Evening is a time every Monday night set aside for families to learn and do activities together. It’s not mandatory, but a good idea to keep families close). Christmas is a wonderful time and it’s great to see the magic in it! Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph are definitely things that kids should be excited about. But often with the commercialism of Christmas, we forget about the real meaning – that Christ was born on the earth. So I came up with some ideas and activities that you can do with your family throughout the month to help them also remember Christ’s birth and how to come closer to Christ. So here’s what I came up with!
each person in the family be a different person in the story of the
Nativity. Take a few minutes to make
costumes and dress up. End the activity
with a Nativity coloring page. Have the
children go over who each person is in the scene. Here’s a website to a cute poem of the
nativity that children can act out: http://www.dltk-bible.com/christmas_play.htm. For some coloring pages: http://www.coloring.ws/nativity.htm.
Christmas, or Nora’s Christmas. Talk
about the importance and message of the movies and how we can be more like
Christ during the Christmas season.
Then make cookies to give to neighbors.
You can even sing a little carol when you take the goodies to the door.
leaving for the temple at home or even in the car, read the last few paragraphs
of “The Savior Lives” by Elder Nelson (found in the December 2011 Ensign). Elder Nelson says our greatest gift to Christ
is to be worthy to go to the temple.
Discuss this with your children and spouse. Enjoy the lights as a family on Temple
Square. It might be a fun activity to
have the children point out when they see pictures or statues of Christ.
your favorite Christmas Book to your family.
As you read, have the children predict what will happen, tell how they
feel as the book goes on, and ask them how the book connects to them. Have the children draw their favorite
character in the book. You can also sing
The Nativity Song on Page 52 in the Children’s Songbook.
the actual story of Christ’s birth from the Bible found in Luke. Discuss with your family the different things
they hear and feel and what it would be like to have been there when Christ was
born. Talk as a family about how you can
all be more like Christ especially this Christmas.
goal as a family to do secret acts of service for your spouse, family members,
or friends throughout the week. For FHE
talk with them about how you felt to serve, the importance of service and how
that brings us closer to Christ.
place piece of hay in the bed when they do a good deed.
nursing home, or around your neighborhood.
gifts. You can also donate to Toys for
wrapping paper and number them or let your children choose which book. Then let them unwrap it and read that
story. Do this each day until Christmas
for 25 days or do 12 days of Christmas.
Christmas – Charles Schulz
Christmas – Karma Wilson
At The Inspiration Thief, they also give great ideas on how to get a hold of books if you don’t have very many.
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