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How to Model the True Spirit of the Christmas Season for Your Children



One of the concerns devout Christian parents have for their little ones during the Christmas season, aside from sugar highs, overpriced toys, and cabin fever on snow days, is that the true meaning of the holiday season can get lost in the frenzy.

For little ones, Christmas so quickly becomes about gifts, Christmas trees, sweets, and silly carols, it’s easy to worry they’ll entirely miss the point of celebrating the miracle birth of the Lord and Savior of all mankind.

Faithwire a few key points this week on how we as parents can demonstrate the true reason for the season to our children so that they never lose sight of why we celebrate this time of year.

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This time of year, your children are going to be bombarded with advertisements, movies, television shows, and songs that are entirely about the more secular, worldly aspects of Christmas, in a world where it becomes more and more taboo to talk about the birth of Christ himself.

For this reason, you can encourage your children to actively pursue good influences from adults who are better able to discern the spiritual meaning of the holiday season.

“Challenge your child to ask those around them, such as family members or teachers, what their favorite thing about the holidays are,” Faithwire suggests. “The more times they hear meaningful responses relating to an appreciation for family bonding or showing gratitude for traditions, the more conditioned they will become to associate the holidays with blessings beyond gifts.”

Afterward, you can ask your children to write their own list about their favorite aspects of the holiday season.

Be Intentional and Animated

Once your children start to learn that there’s more to the season than presents and sweets, fill this in with the true reason for the season: the Nativity story.

“Teaching your child about the origin of this holiday is vital in fostering their recognition that it exists for reasons beyond receiving gifts,” they explain. “Explain that the intentions of the parties thrown on or around Christmas are in honor of Jesus’ birthday. There are tons of kid-friendly storybooks that can teach the story of the birth of God’s son, the gifts of the Magi, and the significance this birth holds in their current life.”

Celebrate as Christ Would 

“Encourage your child to walk in Jesus’s footsteps as they celebrate during the holiday season, intentionally behaving with grace in order to experience its true meaning,” Faithwire explains.

Christ died selflessly on the Cross for all mankind. If we don’t honor this and live like Him during the holiday season, do we even follow Him?

This should ultimately be what you point your children to on every day of the year, so the holidays are no different. Take the opportunity when they are being wooed by the wonder and beauty of the holiday season to teach them that gift-giving and “Christmas cheer” are all about agape Christian love.


Most children love and adore Christmas, so make sure that as they grow up, they remember Christmas as a time that they connected with and glorified Christ their Savior!


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