Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas
The number one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. If you're not sure what it means to become a believer in Christ, check out this article on "How to Become a Christian." If you've already accepted Jesus as your Savior and made him the center of your life, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way you live your life than the things you say—such as "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays."
Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions. Here are simple ways to keep Christ the central focus of your life this Christmas season.
Give God one very special gift just from you to Him
Let this gift be something personal that no one else needs to know about, and let it be a sacrifice. David said in 2 Samuel 24 that he would not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing. Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you've needed to forgive for a long time. You may discover that you've given a gift back to yourself.
Lewis B. Smedes wrote in his book, Forgive and Forget, "When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself." Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up. Make this your most important gift of the season.
Set aside a special time to read the Christmas Story
Consider reading this account found in Luke 1:5-56 and 2:1-20 with your family and discussing it together.
Set up a Nativity scene in your Home
You don't have to purchase some fancy sculpted set...be creative. Involve the family in making a nativity out of drawings or crafts which will also make for a great teachable moment.
Plan a project of good will this Christmas
Do you have an elderly neighbor in need of home repairs or yard work? A single parent struggling this winter? Find someone with a genuine need, involve your whole family and see how happy you can make someone this Christmas.
Set aside a time of family devotions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning
Before opening the gifts, take a few minutes to gather together as a family in prayer and devotions. Read a few Bible verses and discuss as a family the true meaning of Christmas.
Attend a Christmas church service together with your family
If you are alone this Christmas or don't have family living near you, invite a friend or a neighbor to join you.
Send Christmas cards that convey a spiritual message
This is an easy way to share your faith at Christmastime. If you've already bought the reindeer cards—no problem! Just write a Bible verse and include a personal message with each card.
Write a Christmas letter to a missionary or someone in the U.S. military
Many missionaries and soldiers are unable to travel home for the holidays, so it can be a very lonely time for them. Write a special Christmas letter to a missionary thanking them for giving their life in service to the Lord or to a soldier for their service to this country. Trust me—it will mean more than you can imagine!
An excerpt taken from christianity.about.com