I love Christmas and all the traditions – old and new – that we do to celebrate.  In our house Christmas has a two pronged purpose:  there is the cultural celebration which is about family memories and having fun, and then there is the spiritual aspect where we remember Jesus.  Some people might like to only focus on one of those aspects but we blend them in and around our family life.  The thing is – both address the heart.

The heart is the place where we hold beliefs and values, it determines our character and our will, it is the seat of our passions and emotions.  So when we build family memories we are establishing a value in our kids’ heart that family is precious, when we give gifts we establish the value that the person is special and we love them, when we have family devotions like the Advent wreath, we establish the value on God’s word and his promises, when we decorate the house with a nativity scene we remind everyone who enters our house that Jesus is a part of our thinking.

Be intentional this Christmas - Make it about the heart - about what we believe about Jesus.

Today I’m sharing a list of blog posts that I’ve shared over the years about different things that we have done to celebrate Christmas.  I hope that as you read through this series you will start to appreciate that there is value in the things that we do – every family activity will deposit something into the heart of our children.

How are you going to make your Christmas heart focused this year?  Love to hear your ideas.

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