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How to Have a Regret-free Christmas

December 12, 2011

I know one of your greatest dreams.

In fact, I’m sure we share a HUGE dream: we want our kids and eventually their kids to share our faith.

I hope my four kids enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But my greater dream is for them to live a life of faith in God.

But how? How do I pass on all of the incredible things God has done for me? How do I pass along my personal faith to my individual kids?

The answer actually isn’t too hard.

How do we share our faith with our kids? Talk to them.

We don’t have to have all of the answers to our kids’ questions or even our own questions. We simply tell our kids the story, history, and person of our faith.

Christmas is the perfect time to have a faith conversation.

Warning: If you’re not intentional, it won’t happen.

If you’re like me, here are the things we typically talk about with our kids:

Family traditions + Great food + Christmas presents

What about the faith conversation?

Deut. 6:7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Did you see that? Talk to them.

You don’t want to wake up on Dec. 26th thinking, “All I shared with my kids this year was the temporary excitement of a toy that dies with the battery or is soon forgotten.”

If we aren’t intentional – it won’t happen.

How do you have a regret-free Christmas?

1) Share your story – “Never underestimate what God can do with a person’s story! Never.” – Ron Edmondson

2) Have your spouse tell their story

3) Read the Christmas story followed by your own live Christmas production with your kids as the primary cast. Or, simply ask your kids to describe the emotions of each person in the Christmas story (fear, excitement, confusion, joy, peace)

4) Have everyone share the blessings of the past year

Don’t look back on this Christmas with regret. Be intentional. Pursue your greatest dream.


From → Family, Leadership

  1. Leslie Lewey permalink

    I love this simple yet perfect way to share our faith with our children. Could we post it on our Kids’ Cove Facebook page?

    • That would be great Leslie! That might create a conversation where others could share how they leverage Christmas to pass along their faith to their kids. Thanks for all you do!

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