Friends! It’s the last HOW WE…WEDNESDAY of 2018!
Where did the time go?!
Like seriously, where is it?
Erika and I had so much fun with this link up. A HUGE thank you to all of you who linked up with us this year. We are so appreciative!!
We are excited to wrap up with today’s HOW WE…DO ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS, but first, we have the new link up for 2019 to share. If you’re blogging in the new year, please link up! It will be the second Wednesday of every month starting on January 8th. This next year, we’re hosting…
So, that should be fun, right?! Erika and I are super excited!
Alright, the 12th and final How We…Wednesday of the year. If you missed one of these…
JANUARY: Our New Year’s Resolutions.
FEBRUARY: How we take care of ourselves
MARCH: How we mom fail and live to talk about it
APRIL: How we spring clean/organize
MAY: How we transition our wardrobe
JUNE: How we plan our summer vacations
JULY: How we motivate our kids
AUGUST: How we pack lunches
SEPTEMBER: How we FALL!
OCTOBER: How we meal plan!
NOVEMBER: How we talk to kids about adoption
…just click the month and you can go back and see them.
As for today, it’s HOW WE…DO ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS.
I mean…if you’ve read my posts this week, then that’s probably enough and we can all go home now, right?
Okay, we love to do “all the things Christmas” over here, and I have a month’s worth of posts to prove it, so for today, I’m going to focus on how we keep CHRIST in Christmas around here.
I’m not saying we do the best job, but here are some of the things we do to make sure our kids enjoy the fun and festivities of Christmas without forgetting the real reason we celebrate…THE BIRTH OF JESUS!! If you have other ideas, I would love them!! We can’t have too many, so please comment and share!!
Here they are all ready for church! Ha! We really try and go to church every single Sunday, but I think it’s especially nice to be there during the holiday season. Some sermons might be over my kiddos’ heads, but the sermons we typically hear this time of year are right on point for my kids. Plus, the music this time of year in church is very familiar to the kids, so they really love to head to worship and sing some of their favorites.
We have done several family devotionals over the years, but this one from last year was a huge hit! Every day, there is a devotional story with scripture leading up to December 25. We always do this at night while we’re sitting around the table eating dinner. We have tried doing it in the morning, but no one was focused enough. Dinnertime seems to be the best time for us. There are lots of family Advent books online that you can pick from. We have also done this one by Voskamp too! It’s also really good for families!! I think they’re really easy to do with kids of all ages. The pictures keep even our littlest ones engaged.
Speaking of Advent readings, our church has had one that I’ve been doing myself and then talking to my kiddos about each day. They passed out these big magnets at church for us to use to keep up with the daily readings, but you can follow along HERE too.
If you’re looking for a cute movie about the birth of Jesus, my kids LOVE The Star! They watch it year around because it’s so darn cute!!! This is a great family movie to enjoy together this time of year. I could be wrong, but I think it’s on Netflix right now!
We bought this little Fisher Price Nativity Set yearsssssss ago, and it’s still one of our favorite things to pull out! I love that it makes things super simple to explain. I can sit on the floor with Madeley, and we can chat about the sweet baby Jesus and all the people who are there to see him and why it’s important. I put this away during the rest of the year, so that it’s special when I bring it out each December.
We always participate in Operation Christmas Child and shop for kids we pick off of the Angel Tree. We do both things as a family. We select the kiddos as a family, we shop for them, we wrap for them and then we pray for them as a family. I think praying for these kids is super important because it really makes my kids stop and think about how these are real people with real needs this time of year.
So, those are just a few ways we try and keep our kids attention on Jesus this time of year. PLEASE SHARE WITH ME SOME OTHER IDEAS! I can always use more!!
If you’re wanting to see other festive holiday posts about how we do all things Christmas, click HERE 🙂 .
And because it’s December 12th, I wanted to share this with you…
No matter what the occasion, there is a recipe HERE for you!Okay! That wraps up How We…Wednesday! If you blogged today, please link up below!! Here are the topics for next year’s LET’S LOOK linkup…
See you guys tomorrow! xo