If You Do Just One Thing With Your Kids This Christmas

It happens around November 1st for me every single year.

Everyone starts sharing their favorite holiday traditions and Advent calendar ideas and recipes and…I get sucked in like a giddy child!

It’s a wonder my mind doesn’t explode from Christmas idea overload.

Between Pinterest and blogs and magazines, you will have no problem coming up with an Advent calendar to fit the ages of your children. You’ll probably find five or six from which to choose! Need Christmas cookie recipes? We’ve got cute ones and gluten-free ones and no-sugar ones!

I love every part of this Christmas inspiration bonanza {except that whole mind exploding thing} and I would do Christmas crafts and activities year round if I wouldn’t end up with the label of the “Crazy Christmas Lady!”

Although the crafts and songs and baking are lots of fun, there is one thing I look forward to every year above everything else. And I think, if you can only choose ONE thing to do as a family for Christmas this year, this should be it.

Every Christmas Eve, we read the Christmas Story as a family.

No matter where we are. No matter how late we may settle down. Even if we JUST heard it at a Christmas Eve service. Nothing fancy, just straight from the book of Luke.

The Hubby started this tradition when our oldest, Big J, was just a baby. I remember the tears filling my eyes as he sat with our eight-month-old in his lap and shared the account of the birth of Jesus for the first time. A moment I will never forget.

Those same tears fill my eyes every year as we read together of God’s greatest gift – the gift of love come down at Christmas. And in that moment I could care less about the million decorations I’ve put up or the gifts under the tree.

This year, I look forward to our Christmas Eve tradition even more because I know the older boys can help with the reading. I’m sure I’ll be a puddle of tears the moment they start reading!

It’s all about that story. That story is THE reason we celebrate Christmas. That story is the one thing I want our kiddos to remember about Christmas.

And reading that story as a family on Christmas Eve is the one thing I would tell you is worth doing this and every Christmas.

Looking for some fun Christmas books to teach your littlest ones about the birth of Jesus? Check out the Precious Moments Christmas Bible Storybook from Tommy Nelson!


Erin Mohring is a follower of Jesus Christ, a doctor’s wife, and stay-at-home mom to three lively young boys. The hubby and Erin have been blissfully married for nine years. Big J is six, Little J is almost four, and Double J just joined the fam in March of 2012! She’s learning quickly about life in the world of boys – which you can follow at Home with the Boys!