With Christmas coming up before we know it I thought I would link up some resources we have used or come across over the years that have helped us as a family focus on the true meaning of season.

We have always given our children three gifts at Christmas based on the example of the three gifts presented to Christ by the wise men.  My friend Tricia posted on her blog some neat thoughts about what each of those gifts might represent.

For many years, we have used these advent stories. I think this is our third time to read through this series. Each day the story ends with a cliffhanger, leaving the children anxious to read the next part the following evening. The first time we read the first book in the series with our children I will confess, I had to peek and see what happened. I could not wait until the next evening to find out.

We have never actually used the Jesse Tree, but I have read a lot about it. It looks like a great way to keep our focus on the true meaning of the Holiday. Rocks in My Dryer had a post about this today.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Leave a comment about your family traditions that help keep your family focused on the real meaning of the season.

Originally posted 2008