Another year my mom wrote Scripture verses on gold paper stars, which she then hid throughout the house. We "followed the star" by finding the various hidden stars. Each star had a Scripture verse on it that gave a clue as to the location of the next one. Along the way, we also found "gold," "frankincense," and "myrrh" and discussed the significance of each.

The sky is the limit for the different things you can do to celebrate Christmas together and to take advantage of the opportunity to share Jesus, especially with unsaved family and friends. Of course, how you celebrate will depend on your children's ages and your family's preferences. Your celebration might simply be a time of prayer, Scripture reading, and singing together. Or you may want to set aside some quiet time alone with God on Christmas. Only the Lord knows exactly what will work for you.

Along with how to celebrate, another aspect to investigate is who to celebrate with. Not everyone has family nearby—and sometimes hardships prevent families from really having time to put a Christmas celebration together. There have been years when we have been tremendously blessed by having another family join us for Christmas.


As the holiday season approaches, take some time to ask the Lord how He'd have you keep focused on Him this year. Don't be afraid to branch out of the box—the different things you can do are as unique as each family! It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord can give ideas when we ask Him. No matter how we celebrate or whether we celebrate at all, let's remember to not lose sight of seeing and worshiping Christ each and every day of the year. 

Katherine Loop, a homeschool graduate, is the author of various homeschool resources, including books on teaching math biblically and Thanksgiving and Christmas devotionals that come with little books for children to decorate. Check out her website,, for more information and to sign up for her free e-newsletters.

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