Q&A: How can we acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas at our family gathering?

Question: My husband’s family comes to our house for Christmas. They are not Christians. I want to do something that shows them the real meaning of Christmas. What do you suggest?

Answer: I think that Christmas offers a unique opportunity to speak of Christ in a very natural way. Most of our families know that Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. They may focus on gifts, food, and family, but behind all of that there is the memory that Christmas is about Christ. Therefore, it would not be out of place or abnormal to recognize that reality.

One of the things that we have done with our extended family is to read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2, and then have one of our younger children sing a Christmas song such as “Away in a Manger.” Then all of us sing, “Silent Night” or some other familiar Christmas carol. Then I pray or call on some other family member to pray. It is a simple way of acknowledging Christ as the center of Christmas.