In my eyes, it’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas! The to-do list is so long, and the joy of the holiday so wonderful, isn’t it sweet to start early?
By the time December rolls around, my calendar is already covered with church events, shopping trips, and travel, so a game-plan for decor must be created sooner. Plus, as somewhat of a newlywed (we’re at 2 years), my Christmas decoration inventory is still a work in progress.
That’s why DaySpring’s Annual Christmas Preview caught my attention.
As much as I love the cute symbols of reindeer, penguins, and snowmen, I want my home to have an atmosphere of worship.
In every place, in every nook and cranny, I wish to inspire joy over our Savior.
Nowadays, in most chain-stores it’s difficult to find Jesus-centered trinkets for the holidays. DaySpring, however, aims to bring Christ back into Christmas. I love exploring their Scripture-saturated products, and gathering decor that helps me build a Gospel-focused home.
Are you looking to foster a Christ-centered Christmas for your family? Take a look at my ideas below to make the most wonderful time of the year even more special.
1. Celebrate the Light of the World with candles.
Not only can candles add a fresh pine aroma (especially if you have an artificial tree), but they can enhance your fireplace flames with meaningful imagery.
DaySpring’s stunning Nativity Hurricane Trio Luminary Set provides an elegant, warm silhouette of the nativity scene. Even though I’m not setting them up yet, I couldn’t help but light it and admire the its cozy glow. On one side of each candle there is a Christmas Scripture reference (see photo below), and the other side a name: Jesus, Messiah, or Savior. It’s definitely a beautiful conversation piece.
P.S. I love their other candleholder sets as well!
2. Sprinkle Scripture onto the tree.
The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the living room, and decorating it a tradition for many families. Make it more memorable by sharing the Christmas story through ornaments!
Many pieces, like this Glory to God Porcelain Ornament, symbolically reflect the Messiah’s arrival and include a Bible verse.
Tradition Idea: Collect a set of Christian ornaments that equals the number of family members, and have each person take a turn hanging his or her ornament while reading the verse.
Most countdowns to Christmas have Santa, but DaySpring created fun chalkboard signs, canvas banners, and wooden blocks that allow the excitement over Jesus to grow in your home each day. Remind your kids to update the number count, and start as early as Thanksgiving!
Tradition Idea: Whenever you bring the counter out, remind your kids that we await for Christ to come again. Though we don’t know the day or hour, we need to be ready!
4. Bring joy at the entrance and exit.
We love having Christmas wreaths on our doors, but what if we included a message as well? These bright door banners proclaim the hope of Jesus to neighbors while at the same time encouraging your family as they run in and out. What a neat pop to add to your exterior Christmas lights! Check out this video to learn how to hang one.
5. Invite your kids to share the holiday spirit with loved ones.
This one isn’t so much for the home, but about sharing the love of Christ with those in it. Right now photo Christmas cards are popular, and I love it! My fridge is covered with them. However, I miss the heartfelt notes my family used to write by hand to loved ones in traditional Christmas cards.
Tradition Idea: Set aside time each holiday season to sit around the table with your kids and write little notes of holiday encouragement to friends, those who may be struggling, or missionaries around the world. It doesn’t have to be everyone on your gift list, but you could go through one set of boxed cards.
I love these O Come Let Us Adore Him cards, which have lovely lettering, a Gospel message inside, and ample space for writing.
I hope these suggestions were helpful, and I pray you have a special season rejoicing in the birth of our Savior!