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Happy Birthday Jesus
Every year the Christmas season welcomes us with the latest and greatest robot vacuums (hello Shark IQ), video games, toys, and appliances. We frequent Black Friday sales and stay up late, hoping to get the best deal on that new TV. We attend church events, swap cookies, and take the family to see Christmas lights. But do our actions match the real reason for the season? If you’ve got it down, that’s great! Perhaps this article will give you a few additional ideas. If you’re like me and sometimes have to refocus and reconnect, here are a few ways you can put the focus back on celebrating Jesus’ birthday.
12 Ways to Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday
The best way to say “Happy Birthday Jesus” is by taking a moment to talk to Him. The prayers should be from the heart, perhaps wishing Him a happy birthday and thanking Him for both your blessings and trials. Jesus paid the price of our sins, and because of His sacrifice, we are welcomed into Heaven with open arms. We received the most amazing gift, and it wasn’t even our birthday! Who could deserve a birthday celebration more than Jesus?
2. Spending Time with Jesus
Spending time with Jesus can easily be put on the bottom of our “Things to Do” list as we get caught up in the busy Christmas season. The important thing to remember is that spending time with Jesus is foundational for every facet of our lives. Find time to devote to Jesus. Maybe the best place for you to spend time with Him is when you’re Bible journaling, or perhaps you need to a peaceful place rest. Find the way that works best in your life, even if it’s only a few minutes a day in the morning or before you go to bed. My best days start when I’m focused on Jesus before I get out of bed.
3. Inviting Others to Learn More About Him
By encouraging others to learn more about Jesus, we can sometimes reawaken our excitement and amazement for all He has done for us. When you help others know and celebrate Jesus, you not only grow spiritually along with those you invite, you get a front-row seat in the transformation of someone’s life. CHRISTmas is the easiest time of year to extend the invitation to your church, Bible study, or Bible journaling group.
4. Follow the Road of the Wise Men
Before the sun sets – the perfect time would be after you’ve enjoyed Christmas dinner with family and friends – take a walk around the neighborhood, pretending to be the wise men as they followed the North Star, looking for baby Jesus. Talk to your kids, grandkids, and others about what it must’ve been like to be on the search for Jesus and what the wise men must’ve felt when they finally found their King.
The Christmas season is the perfect time to concentrate on gratitude and giving. Deciding to focus on doing great acts of kindness through donating during this hectic season is a wonderful tradition for yourself and your family. You can even get the kids involved. Ask them where they’d like to give, help them save for a donation, let them drop coins in the red buckets, have them pick out angels, or fill shoeboxes. Giving provides a way to demonstrate love for others while providing for those less fortunate.
Serving others is a key to a deeper understanding of Jesus and His love for all people. We were created to need and serve each other with our gifts, talents, and resources. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 reminds us that we are all useful, but we are also different.
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG).
There are so many wonderful ways to volunteer, whether it’s delivering food baskets to the needy, serving food at the local food bank, visiting your local nursing home, or providing gifts for children who otherwise wouldn’t receive any. Volunteering is especially important for children, teaching them how important it is to serve one another.
8. Bible Journaling
Bible journaling offers us a fantastic means of seeking and experiencing a deeper relationship with God in a creative way. As you pray, dive deep into the Word, observe, and design, you’ll be spending time with the One you love and who loves you too.
9. Creating Faith-Based Crafts
You’ll find plenty of ideas online that will help you celebrate the birth of Christ by creating faith-based crafts. Maybe you’ll create ornaments, wreaths, or gratitude cards that you can decorate with sparkles. Perhaps you’ll decorate a cake, make a shirt, or put together handmade gifts to give instead of gift cards. A little touch of homemade can make all the world of difference. Here’s one of our favorite ideas. Have your kids make birthday cards for Jesus, leaving them in a basket under the tree to read aloud to Him on Christmas morning. Be sure to pack the birthday cards away with your ornaments as special keepsakes you can re-read every year.
10. Birthday Party
Looking for a special way to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday? Have a Birthday Party for Him. Include activities like reading the story about His birth and thinking about gifts we can give Jesus that He would appreciate (love, respect, gratitude, giving, being kind to others, etc.).
11. Baking a Cake for Jesus (I did this for years)
Bake a birthday cake for Jesus that you can eat with your Christmas meal to help remind you and your family of the true reason to celebrate CHRISTmas. Celebrate as you would any birthday (even one so special), by singing Happy Birthday to Jesus before you cut the cake.
12. Be Grateful
Always, always be grateful. Consider keeping a journal of all your treasured Christmas memories. You can review them year after year and thank Him for each special moment. What is your favorite way to say, “Happy Birthday Jesus”?
Whatever you do, I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas season sharing the love of Christ with your family and friends.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
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