• Reply Onlygirl4boyz 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I love this post so much for so many reasons! I love that idea of making Jesus a birthday cake!! I am totally starting that this year! Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 8:56 PM

      Merry Christmas to you too Jehava! We’ve been making a cake every year! I think it’s probably the best reminder that it’s actually the celebration of Jesus birthday! I hope you all have fun!

  • Reply roseclearfield 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Such an important topic! I love all of these suggestions. It’s so easy to customize them for different ages.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:01 PM

      Rose, definitely! The younger they are, the easier it will be. As they get older you can do more things like giving back within your community!

  • Reply 21flavorsofsplendor 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Love this! I use to over indulge my girls at Christmas too and have been slowly pulling back. We have a few books about what Christmas really means that we read throughout the entire month of December. I also have my girls go through, with a lot of help from me ;-), all of their toys to find things to donate as well. I will have to look into the Samaritan’s purse, it sounds like a awesome thing I can do with my girls too.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:06 PM

      Ayanna, your girls (or any kids for that matter) would love Samaritan’s purse! They get to buy little gifts, fill the boxes, color some pictures, and bless another child. They’ll even get to choose boy or girls, and even the age group they want to buy for. Have fun!

  • Reply Tammy 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Thank you for sharing the great ideas for putting Christ at the center of Christmas. We like to make a birthday cake as well to help us remember the true meaning of the season.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:08 PM

      Tammy, it’s so special,right? It’s such a wonderful reminder of the day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Rebekah | My Circus, My Monkeys 2016 at 2:47 PM

    We always made a birthday cake for Jesus growing up! I haven’t kept that tradition for my family because we now have 6 birthdays in December and it’s cake overload. But I still love the idea!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:17 PM

      Oh my gosh, Rebekah! I have alot of birthdays around Christmas too. OK, let’s collaborate…what can we do? Well, how about a fancy Christmas cupcake with a candle? oohhh, I like that! HAHA! I just impressed myself!

  • Reply Amber@SimplyMadeRecipes 2016 at 5:05 PM

    This is great! We always give gifts to children in need. Last year we bought gifts for a veteran and his family which was awesome and so important for your own children to be a part of. This year, my husband is volunteering with the Marines for toys for tots and the kids will pick out some gifts for other children. It’s the season to show compassion for others and be giving.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:28 PM

      Amber, I love that your family is taking action. All this Christmas kindness makes me so happy! There are so many people around us in need of love and unconditional support. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply My Daily She 2016 at 7:03 PM

    I love all of these ideas! This year we’re checking with the kids (and ourselves) on how we’ve served others each day. As you said, there’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than by acting like Christ!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:33 PM

      What a great idea! A check in. Often there are so many opportunities to bless others each day, even if we think it’s small, it could be big to someone else. Great Idea!

  • Reply joshandbrittanydyer 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Such a great post! You are right, Christmas is about CHRIST and not about gifts! We actually only do 1 gift for our kids, and it’s a game we can play all year round. Merry Christmas to you!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 4:45 PM

      Hey, nothing wrong with that! I think it’s a great idea! Something that’s fun and will bring the family together. There are a lot of great ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Reply ericaaugust 2016 at 2:15 PM

    I love this post! We’ve decided to start doing a lot of similar things while the baby was younger so that she was used to celebrating this way!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Yes! Erica, you’re so right. It gets to be a hard thing to break away from the more expectant they become. Good for you!

  • Reply alwaysanewdayblog@gmail.com 2016 at 4:37 PM

    We’ve been saying that as well – gifts will be lighter, and we will enjoy just being together. I love the idea of gathering toys to donate. I think our kids would learn so much from doing that.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 7:04 PM

      I’m hoping that donating their toys makes them realize that (first) being able to open new gifts is a blessing, and (second) that maybe they do receive too much-if there’s such an abundance that they can afford to give away, (and that’s to make new room for MORE)! Good Luck if you do this. Make sure to prep them (Samaritan’s purse would be good for this too, so they have a visual of kids in need)

  • Reply Brittany McGee 2016 at 10:21 PM

    This is the first year Noelle has really been into Christmas,so I’m taking advantage and trying to teach her right. Thanks for the tips

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 1:32 PM

      Way to go Brittany, the earlier the better! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Justine @ Little Dove 2016 at 11:26 PM

    I love the idea of baking a birthday cake for Jesus, my kids would really love that. We always spend time talking about each figure of the nativity. We sing songs, read scriptures, talk about what they were doing on that night, etc. We also only do three presents, something joyful, something meaningful, and something needful, to represent the three gifts of the magi.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 1:44 PM

      Justine, I love the Ideas I’ve been seeing here about the 3 or 4 gifts with purpose, and yours makes perfect sense. Since we have not really bought anything yet (I know, so late!) this is what we’re incorporating this year! I so love the community here! Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Reply Amanda 2016 at 2:58 PM

    I love these traditions! Such great things to instill in your children! Good job mama!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 3:58 PM

      Amanda, thank you so much! Thanks for taking time to read. Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Jennifer 2016 at 3:30 PM

    This is really great, Jen! I love how your family is focus on keeping Christ in Christmas. I mean, that’s what the holiday is really about, right? 🙂 I like your idea to make a birthday cake for Jesus. I think this is a great way to teach your children that Christmas is about His birth. We are doing something similar. We are currently celebrating Advent and to help my 4 year old understand the meaning of the candles on the wreath, I told her it’s like Jesus’ birthday cake. We’re also going to play with a birthday cake toy set and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. I also love your teaching your children how to give back at Christmas time. This is very important! Great holiday traditions!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:40 PM

      Jennifer, comparing the Advent wreath to a birthday cake is so smart! I Iove it. So, every year right before Christmas while we’re donating almost ALL of last years gifts, I think “Why”? I think we’ll be taking on the new tradition of purposeful gifts. Merry Christmas to you and the family!

  • Reply lrramnath 2016 at 9:56 AM

    I love this! We try really hard to make Christ the center of this seaon with my little guy. He’s only 3 so, sometimes thats a little tough but we have a few things we started doing early on that we hope will keep the focus where it needs to be. I love that you suggested making this a season of giving to others. Last year, for the first time, we went to a local nursing home on Chistmas day and sang Christmas carols. We are already planning on doing it this year and I can’t wait!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:52 PM

      You went to a nursing home to sing!? I love it!! That’s so wonderful, so many folks at the homes are not able to get out, and I know they truly enjoy the company. What a great tradition, and a great way of showing your son how to give back! Thank you so much for stopping by & Merry Christmas!

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