Do you feel like Christmas is making your kids ungrateful? I’ve gathered together 12 Christmas Devotionals For My Ungrateful Kids and I thought I would share them with you, too.
Making Christmas meaningful in an age of materialism is no easy task, but this year we’re doing all we can to have a gospel-centered holiday with our kids.
In a nutshell, here’s our plan:
No Christmas Gifts
As we explained in our previous post, we’re not giving our kids gifts this year. Don’t worry: our kids will in no way feel deprived this Christmas. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are still buying them gifts. They always get way too much at Christmas to the point where we don’t even know what to get for them!
Giving to Those Most in Need
In lieu of giving each other Christmas gifts, each member of our family will have a $100 allowance to give to a charity of their choice. We’ve been showing them Compassion’s Christmas Gift Catalogue and talking to them about the orphanage in Colombia our church is involved with. We’re telling the kids these gifts are one way we can give a present to Jesus on his birthday.
Bradley loves looking through Compassion’s catalogue (and he loves knowing he gets to help our twin 1-year-olds spend their $100).
Yes, this means we are spending more this year on Christmas presents than we have done in years past, but it’s more fun to think about spending our money on people who are truly in need.
12 Christmas Devotionals For My Ungrateful Kids
For twelve nights leading up to Christmas morning we will be having special devotions with our kids. Yes, we know the “12 Day of Christmas” are traditionally the days between Christmas and Epiphany, but this is our spin on the tradition.
Here’s the plan: Each night we will be having the kids unwrap special packages that we have sitting under our Christmas tree. Most of these “gifts” will be simple items. Most of them will be things they already own that we just wrapped and put under the tree. Some of them will be “symbolic” gifts: tokens that are meant to remind them of something else. Each gift will serve an as object lesson for that night’s devotion.
Each night, with these Christmas devotionals, the kids will be reminded of two things:
- We should be thankful for the many gifts God has already given to us in our lives, and
- All of God’s gifts are signs that point to his greatest gift: His Son.
Here are the 12 Christmas Devotionals For My Ungrateful Kids, in order:
1. God’s Word: Thank God for the gift of the Scriptures (we’ll wrap one of the kids’ Bibles they already own)
2. Income: Thank God for the ability to work and make a living (we’ll be giving them coins)
3. Nourishment: Thank God for giving us our daily bread (each of the boys will receive”snack packs” of food for them to eat)
4. Shelter: Thank God for giving us warmth and shelter (we’ll wrap a candle for each of the boys)
5. The Body of Christ: Thank God for the gift of the church (we’ll be giving them a doll to represent Christ’s body, made up of many parts)
6. Family: Thank God for the gift of Mom, Dad, and siblings (we’ll be giving the kids a picture of our family)
7. Friends: Thank God for the gift of friendship (we’ll be giving them pictures of their friends)
8. Health: Thank God for the gift of good health (Trisha’s stethoscope will be in this package)
9. Wisdom: Thank God for the ability to think and the gifts of knowledge and understanding (we’ll be giving them a notebook to write in)
10. The Spirit: Thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit (we’ll wrap a dove Christmas ornament from our tree)
11. Clothing: Thank God for the gift of clothes (we’ll be buying the kids new PJs to sleep in on Christmas Eve)
12. Jesus: Thank God for the gift of His Son (we bought a new illustrated Christmas story book for the home, so we’re using it to read the Christmas story to our kids)
So, this is our attempt at making Christmas a memorable and meaningful celebration in our home.
Be looking for updates on our blog leading up to Christmas. We’ll let give you more details about the devotionals and let you know how the kids are liking it.
What do you think? Any suggestions for us for more Christmas Devotionals for our ungrateful kids? What are you doing in your home this year?
More Christian Christmas Tips and Ideas:
- Planning a More Joyful Christmas
- A Unique Approach to Helping Your Kids See Christ at Christmas
- How to Use Christmas Carols for Family Devotions
- Important Lessons from the Wise Men: A Family Discussion Guide
- 10 Easy Ways Your Family Can Share the Gospel Through the Holidays