We love this subject, so we thought we’d give you a few more ideas.
- Bake a birthday cake for the baby Jesus.
OK, everyone loves cake & sure we have plenty of sweets for the Christmas season… but why not back a cake just for Jesus? It’s fun for the keiki (well, for everyone really), & a chance to appreciate not just the end product, but all that goes into preparing food as an act of worship & gratitude.
- Find some new Christian ornaments for your tree.
Adding a few special ornaments each year can be a fun family tradition. There are many beautiful ornaments in the shape of angels, stars, wise men & even tiny nativity scenes. When you are choosing an ornament, consider not only if it fits with the decor, but also it’s deeper meaning.
- Give from your heart to those in need.
As you know, at Makanalani, we are all about service to others. We are only here to provide a place for those children & teens who do not always have the opportunity to appreciate the gifts of God in their daily lives. Giving a gift to a charity like Makalani or any other can be a great way to give a gift to God, for we know that he looks with kindness on those who strive to do good for those less fortunate, following humbly & as best we can in the footsteps of Jesus. No gift is too small, no thought too fleeting. God gave us everything, including his beloved son. Giving back is a wonderful way to bring yourself closer to His love.
- Make your Christmas music Christian.
There are so many wonderful Christmas hymns. They are a historical musical record of the devotion of generations to Christ. When you have a moment, stop & really listen to your favorites. Hear the words & allow yourself to be moved by the music. You may even want to research the source of the song — there are many inspiring stories associated with these moving hymns.
- Share with your family a special Christmas poem, like this prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Christmas PrayerLoving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.