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Christian Holidays

The basis for Christian holidays lie not in their origin as much as in how we celebrate and what or Who we are celebrating.  Really, every day is a "holiday" when we think of the origin of the word:

The word holiday comes from the Old English word 

hāligdæg(hālig "holy" + dæg "day").

Therefore, when we think about it, every day including holidays can and should be days to celebrate Jesus! 

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24

Family Christian Holidays & Activities

Spring & Easter

Easter is probably one of the most obvious holidays to celebrate Jesus.  Not only do we desire for our children to learn and understand the great importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we want them to connect and experience Him.


Summer offers opportunities for Christian celebration we may be overlooking.  Vacations can lend themselves to creating both bonding memories and creative spiritual lessons.  Our family loves to go to the beach where we have enjoyed many great object lessons from sea shells and sand dollars as well as the ocean waves that point to aspects of God's marvelous attributes!

If you live in the United States of America, July 4th - Independence Day, offers opportunities to discuss freedom and relate these conversations to the freedom we find in Christ.

Fall Celebration Ideas

Yes, October 31st, seems to get darker and darker, and we certainly wouldn't include it in a list of "Christian holidays."  However, as believers in Christ it is a chance to shine His light even brighter; a light shines brighter to be noticed in the midst of darkness.  Whether you celebrate Jesus as an outreach of your church with a Fall Festival during this time or as a family, there are many Christian alternatives to Halloween to put the spotlight on our Savior and share His love with others.

And of course Thanksgiving which is celebrated in November for those of us in the USA is an ideal time to focus on giving God thanks as a family and a nation.

CHRISTmas & Winter

Like Easter, Christmas is one of the most celebrated of any Christian holidays.  Teaching our children the importance of God coming to earth in flesh as a baby is essential as we teach them about Jesus.  

Valentine's Day can become a time of celebrating God's love.  Even a simple object lesson using a marker, paper towel and a bit of water can open a child's eyes to not only accepting God's love but also spreading His love to others.

Now we can see that a holiday is not necessarily defined as a special day on the calendar, but a day defined by how and Who we celebrate.  Let's make a point of leading our families in celebrating Jesus every day!

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