As busy as we become this time of year with our shopping and holiday preparations, it becomes even more essential for us to concentrate on family devotions. Take extra time in the evenings to read the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible and share a night time prayer with your children.
Now that our children are out of school we need to capture their imaginations with something other than the Disney channel. Gather them together for crafts, baking cookies, wrapping gifts and, weather allowing, some outdoor time. Our local botanical gardens have a Christmas light display every evening with miles of walkways to wander down. Check with your local newspapers and park system to see if there is something similar in your area.
How about an evening Christmas story after devotions. We like to sit as a family and take turns reading from a book that we all enjoy. This type of evening ritual allows children to calm down before bedtime and makes it easier for them to fall asleep.