Celebrating Christ this Christmas

Written by Lisa Clark
Published on November 26, 2021

Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year as we remember our Savior’s birth, reflect on memories of the past, enjoy our family and friends, and thank God for his many blessings in our lives.  

We know it can also bring a little chaos as schedules fill up with parties, decorating, baking, and gift buying! However, we have such a great opportunity to be intentional to keep Christ in Christmas and demonstrate to our children what we treasure most. 

Deuteronomy 6: 4–7, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  

As Christian parents, we have the awesome responsibility and honor to teach and disciple our children to know Jesus and follow him. This happens in the normal moments of everyday life, but it’s enhanced when it can be fun too! Here are a few great ways to be intentional about celebrating Christ this Christmas season: 

Advent Devotion – This is a daily, intentional time to anticipate the birth of Christ all month long! Check out www.cpadvent.org for “Read, Ask, Go! An interactive family Advent devotional!” 

Serve – Jesus is the Lamb of God. His life was about laying his life down. What better way to celebrate his coming to earth than to serve each other, neighbors, and those God puts in our path? Seek out ways your local Church may be serving the community during the holidays. 

The Christmas Story – Read it before any gifts are opened to remind all gathered ‘round that he is the reason for the season! (Luke 2:1–20)

Happy Birthday, Jesus! – Bake a birthday cake or decorate for a birthday party as a family to celebrate the birth of Christ!

An Empty Seat at the Table – Leaving a chair for Jesus at the Christmas table is a reminder to all that it’s his party!

Camp for ChristmasInstead of giving your kids another toy that’s just going to take up space in your home, how about instead investing in an experience that will help shape who they will become? Sky Ranch Christian Camps wants to make it as easy as possible for you as we help you give a gift to your child with eternal value…Camp for Christmas! When you register for Camp for Christmas, Christian Parenting readers will receive $100 off camp plus a gift box your child will open at Christmas filled with a personalized camp certificate, sweatshirt blanket, Christmas ornament, touch lantern, window clings, decal and a popper toy! All boxes will ship by December 2, 2021.  And when your child goes to camp, the gospel and message of servant leadership is magnified as college-aged students pour into your child.  We consider this a holy echo! God is at work using all of us at different places and stages of life, bringing truth to light. Register online at skyranch.org using the code CP22C4C, or click the link below.

I hope you find joy celebrating Christ together as a family this Christmas season.

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Lisa Clark

A seasoned speaker, Lisa Clark has been teaching and speaking at churches, schools, and community groups throughout D/FW for the past 25 years. Her love for teaching women began at church, in particular bible study. She loves studying God’s word and imparting wisdom on women of all ages. Quickly, she realized biblical parenting was her niche and God led her on a grand journey of teaching moms how to raise their children by His word.  

This led her to partner with Sky Ranch Christian Camps in 2007 and the development of SkyMoms Ministry with her friend and Sky Ranch CEO, Linda Paulk. Lisa has a unique teaching style, coupling humor and personal stories of raising her own two daughters with biblical insights. Grounded in God’s Word, Lisa has a passion for encouraging moms in the day-to-day struggles of parenting preteens and teens.  

This passion and mission led her to write her very first book in 2016, Raising SinnersRaising Sinners is a biblical parenting, short story written for moms and dads in all stages of parenting. 

In 2018, Lisa and Chrissie Dunham launched The Wonder Podcast. She and Chrissie, along with weekly guests, discuss all things pertaining to life. You never know what the topic will be and that keeps things fun and energetic, with an overarching goal of encouraging their listeners to draw closer to God and to never lose their wonder.

2021 brought a new partnership and opportunity for Lisa and Chrissie, as they joined forces with the Christian Parenting Podcast Network, and launched their newest podcast, Raising Sinners! Lisa and Chrissie discuss all things parenting in this new venture hitting the airwaves September 2021. 

Lisa is married to Brad, her husband of 35 years. She and Brad co-teach a young married life group at their home church in Plano, TX. They have two daughters, Caroline and Camryn. Caroline and her husband, Brent, lead a ministry in Norman, Oklahoma called Crossover, and they are the proud parents of 3 boys, Revan James, River Jude and Bodie Job.  Camryn is married to Brett and they reside in Dallas. They are the proud parents of 2 boys, Ezra Clark Young and Miller Hill Young.

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