One way we try to keep Jesus at the center of Christmas is as simple as reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning from Luke 2. We began this when our oldest were young, with the thought that we would do this every year. That is in fact what has come to pass. Even as our children have gotten older, there’s still that excitement about opening presents on Christmas day. We’re not trying to discourage that. But they know, have come to expect, and actually encourage the reading of Luke 2 before we do anything. Nothing gets opened until we’ve met and read.
That’s just a reminder to us all that this day is about Jesus. It’s not a formal thing and we don’t pre-decide who will read it. We simply pile onto a bed, pull out a Bible, and read. Typically there’s a simple prayer as we finish, giving thanks for Jesus’ birth and for how the history of mankind changed on that day. This is VERY simple and something anybody could do. It’s not profound on the surface, but it some ways it’s very profound.
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