Establishing a Christmas Family Tradition that Celebrates Christ

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Christmas family tradition

My Christmas memories do not include decorating Christmas trees, or putting up Christmas lights to adorn the outside porch. I did not believe in Santa Claus, his reindeer, or elves (although I did leave out some cookies and milk one year, just in case).

Today, I reinforce to my kids that there is no Santa Claus, and for now we don’t have a Christmas tree. But as my children are being raised in a public school system, I find it hard to “hide” what the world thinks Christmas is all about. So what is the next best thing for my family to do? I realized we cannot simply avoid all the commercialism of Christmas, it’s all around us, at the mall, on the radio, and on TV.

I need my children to understand that Christ is the focus and center of this holiday. Not the presents, not the lights, and not the parties with so much food.

This year, I was sent a box of goodies from DaySpring for their Annual Christmas Preview.

I received The Shepherd on the Search- A 25 Day Family devotional, The Shepherd on the Search Activity and Sticker Book, and the Shepherd on the Search Activity set which includes the Shepherd, and interactive Storybook.

The Shepherd on the Search – Advent Activity Set

The Shepherd On The Search – Children’s Activity Book

The Shepherd On The Search – 25-Day Family Devotional Advent Book

It is the first time I’m reading this story, and I am so thrilled I received all these gifts from Dayspring. First off, my kids are 6,3,and 2. This set is perfect for all three age groups to learn from.

The Coloring and Sticker book, has 28 pages of coloring sheets (with a few pages of puzzles,) and 2 pages of stickers. The younger two would enjoy coloring this book.

I really loved the introduction page to the 25 Day Family Devotional. We have a practice to pray together as a family every night before bed. This is perfect for my older son to read out loud for our family from December 1st through the 25th. I am sure he will be excited to read this book, instead of his current devotional.

Here is what the intro says:

Searching for the Shepherd is a wonderful way to make Christmas memories with your family. The storybook is simple, my favorite line of the story is:

“Then as the journey goes each day we’ll have some family fun, remembering to love the King- God’s one and only Son!”

The goal is to hide the shepherd at night, and have the kids go looking for it in the morning. offers free resources to make this timeless story come to life. It is a great way for you to bring Christ into Christmas this year!

I definitely recommend checking it out during the Christmas Preview Event, you should have it before December 1st, to start the journey on time with your kids!

DaySpring also sent me the Joy to the World Christmas Door Greeting. It is a very beautiful and bright banner, and I hope to use it this year, although we still won’t have lights outside the house. You can check out for a video tutorial on how to set it up.

Joy to the World – Christmas Door Banner

Here is my challenge for you this Christmas: If we are trying to incorporate Christ into the season, then why not share the message of Christmas by giving out cards to neighbors, coworkers, and family members with these scripture filled cards? I am a big fan of sharing “Christian” cards on Christmas, not just “holiday” ones. Check out the collection now.

Jesus Is the Gift – 24 Premium Christmas Boxed Note Cards

As you start preparing for Christmas with your family, and you decide to use the Shepherd on the Search this year instead of the typical “elf on the shelf” please come back and share your experience with me!

This post is sponsored by DaySpring. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are solely mine.


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  • Kira September 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    That shepherd looks cute. I’ll have to keep it in mind as my daughter gets older.

  • Julie September 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Love the idea of the shepherd! We have done the elves, but I like this idea better!

  • Dani October 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I want to try this when my daughter gets older!


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