We’re so excited for Christmas! In addition to all the celebrations and extra time spent with family, one of the nice things about December is that planning family home evening is a breeze. Last night my family put up our tree and all of our Christmas decorations. It made a great family home evening, and we still have many more activities we can do on Monday nights. Below is a list of activities your family can do that correlate with the weekly Primary theme. Keep in mind that many of these activities work with more than one week.
Week 1: Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.
- Watch The Nativity.
- Watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. If you don’t watch it on Sunday, December 6, you can find it on www.lds.org.
- Make Christ-centered music part of the Christmas songs your family listens to. Set a goal to listen to a certain number of Christ-centered Christmas songs each day.
- Learn what each of the Christmas symbols mean. You can check out this article on ldsliving.com, or you can Google “LDS Christmas Symbols.”
- Make Christmas cards and include your testimony of Christ.
Week 2: Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
- Watch the Church’s new Christmas video, A Savior Is Born.
- Make treats for your neighbors and include a copy of The Living Christ.
- Memorize parts of The Living Christ.
- Go Christmas caroling.
- Make someone a gift centered around Christ.
- Send cards, letters, or care packages to missionaries or those in the military.
Week 3: Jesus Christ will return to the earth someday.
Read Matthew 24 and discuss signs of the Second Coming. Be sure to focus on both the good and the bad. Remind your family that Jesus told us not to be troubled (verse 6).
Look for newspaper articles, news stories online, and stories on lds.org that show that the Second Coming is approaching.
Week 4: I can live with Jesus Christ again.
Challenge your family this week to pretend that Jesus is living in your home. How will your behavior change? Which activities will you continue doing or change? Each time you have to make a choice, pretend that Jesus is sitting beside you. This will make it easier to choose the right and imagine life with Jesus.