We've flipped the calendar page to December, and this year, it seems like Christmas is coming in a hurry. That means it's time for Christmas traditions like hanging the stockings, looking at lights, and ding-dong ditching the neighbors.
Of all the traditions we have, the ding-dong ditching thing is probably the most unusual -- and one of the most fun. It started three years ago when I bought a 12-piece nativity set. Each night, we left a piece of the nativity on the neighbor's doorstep with a notecard that contained a verse that went with the piece. We rang the doorbell and ran.
The next year, it was nativity Christmas ornaments and a small tree. Last year, we left ball ornaments with the names of God written on them. This year (shhh, don't tell), we're leaving 12 days worth of everyday Christmas items that can help us remember that Jesus is the heart of this season. We'll be leaving things like Christmas lights (Jesus is the light of the world), fake snow (Jesus makes us whiter than snow), and a wreath (Jesus' love is an unbroken circle).
Ding-dong ditching the neighbors is a fun tradition in our family, and it's a great way to share the love of Jesus with other people during the season. It's also a great way to get my own kids more focused on Jesus and less focused on their own wish lists.
If you're looking for some fun, easy ideas to keep your kids focused on Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas, you can create your own simple traditions that help do that. From lights to wreaths to candy canes, many of the objects that are so familiar to us during the Christmas season, can be used to remind our kids to focus on Jesus. You can take your own Christmas traditions and tweak them to become reminders of Jesus.
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