5 After 5, Ways to teach children the meaning of Christmas

Do you have many family holiday traditions that teach kids the meaning of Christmas? Here are five categories that we always cover...

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to give to others at Christmastime and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 ways to teach children the meaning of Christmas

So much hustle and bustle this time of year, but we always make sure to include traditions that help teach Gv the meaning of Christmas amongst all the ho, ho, ho fun.

1.  Music

Whether it's gathering around the piano to sing Christmas carols or playing the hottest hits off the local Christian radio station, filling your home with music is a great way to allow the true meaning of Christmas to permeate your children's hearts. Need inspiration? Check out Chris Tomlin's Adore, Wow Christmas, or the Best Christmas Carols in the World...Ever.

2.  Movies

Many of the best Christmas movies have a wonderful Christian message, but some are more blatant than others. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey, and The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas are some of our favorites.

3.  Books

Books are always a wonderful way to impart meaning to kids. Besides reading the Bible, some of our favorite Christmas books are Ready, Set, Find Christmas, 'Twas the Evening of Christmas and The Shepherd on the Search.

4.  Crafts

There are plenty of fun Santa and Christmas tree crafts out there, but we always have fun making one or two nativity-related projects, as well as creating ornaments for this Jesse Tree each year.

5.  Activities

There's no shortage of activities to participate in this time of year and we include plenty of them in our Celebrating the Season fun! 

Decorating the tree, baking cookies and other treats, taking walks through Bethlehem, seeing the Botanical Gardens lit up at with lights and a Christmas decoration scavenger hunt are just a few of the fun things that top our list each year.

For next week:

Five ways you've grown or changed this past year

Now we're turning our thoughts away from the holidays for a moment to spend some time reflecting over this past year. Can you think of five ways you've grown or changed in the past twelve months?

I can't wait to see what you share!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow both of the hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

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  1. These are great ideas. I am worried about our children not understanding the true meaning of Christmas so posts like this are so helpful. I definitely want to check out the books.

  2. Lisa, I'm so happy that you are teaching Gv about the true meaning of Christmas and doing Nativity crafts that help bring the meaning to the fore. The books, movies, and CD will all help reinforce it. The link party sounds interesting too.