Why do we give gifts to everybody BUT Jesus on His birthday?
Since becoming a believer, I have really been struggling with how to celebrate Christmas in a way that honors God. When our kids are constantly adding toys to their Christmas list and can’t wait to open their presents, we’ve got a problem. Christmas has become idolatry in the form of materialism, greed, and excess. Is that really what I want to pass on to my children? Is that how I want to worship God? Most importantly, is that how He wants us to worship Him?
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ -Matthew 25:40
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart.
Those lyrics are from the beautiful hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which inspired the title of this advent activity. This year, we are going to give Jesus a gift everyday to celebrate His birthday. We will worship the way He wants us to, in spirit and truth.
Here are some ideas for gifts you could give to Jesus this Christmas season:
- Prayer of gratitude
- Obey your parents
- Perform an act of kindness for someone
- Submit to your husband / Love your wife in a tangible way
- Song of praise
- Donate toys or clothes to a rescue mission or homeless shelter
- Buy a gift for Toys for Tots or the Angel Tree Program
- Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child- You can even make one online!
- Drop off Christmas cards or sing carols at a nursing home
- Make holiday cards for sick kids through Cards for Hospitalized Kids
- Color a picture to cheer someone up through Color a Smile
- Donate food to a food pantry or homeless shelter (even kids could pick something from the store to contribute)
- Knit/crochet hats, mittens, or scarves for a homeless shelter
- Make no sew fleece blankets for a homeless shelter or Project Linus (great project for kids!)
- Help your siblings (or your spouse!) with a chore they don’t like doing
- Reach out to a friend or family member who needs some TLC, even if it’s just giving them a call
- Memorize a Bible verse
- Bake Christmas cookies to give to neighbors, rescue mission, homeless shelter, police station, fire station, anyone!
- Find more ideas for your family HERE at Doing Good Together
I made some gift tags on which my five year old will write her daily gift to be hung on our advent tree. (I will update with a picture once we get it set up!) I also made a journal page for myself. They are posted below as free printables, or come up with your own unique way to give a gift to Jesus this year!
Before you go, listen to this beautiful rendition of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Julie Andrews. And leave a comment to let me know what you and your family will give to Jesus!
What Can I Give Him? Gift Tags Option 1 (Print 2 copies for 24 gift tags, or mix & match with Option 2 below)
What Can I Give Him? Gift Tags Option 2 (Print 4 copies for 24 gift tags, or mix & match with Option 1 above)