Since it’s December 1st, I thought I’d share our favorite family tradition. We call it The 24 Days of Christmas. This tradition would be easy for anyone to incorporate into their Christmas season, and it’s a great way to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. This is how it works-
Every night we gather together as a family (it’s best to have a set time) to read a Christmas scripture verse and then sing a Christmas hymn/carol and then we read a Christmas story.
I know a mother who has 24 Christmas story books and she wraps each one before Dec. 1st and her children take turns selecting one book each night to unwrap and that’s the story she reads to them.
You could do this just as a 12 Days of Christmas, beginning on December 13th. Sometimes a night might be skipped if there is a party or another family activity going on. Also, we have teenagers and young adults who sometimes have night classes/activities or work. They join us as their schedule permits.
For example, here is what we will read/sing tonight:
Dec. 1st- Isaiah 7:14 ♥ Angels We Have Heard on High ♥ The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Here is my entire list of scripture verses (for 23 days):
From the Old Testament- Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 40:3-5, Micah 5:2, Jeremiah 23:5, Jeremiah 23:6, Jeremiah 33:14-15, Isaiah 40:11, Psalms 24:9-10
From the New Testament- Luke 1:30-31, Luke 2:4-7, Luke 2:8-11, Luke 2:12-14, Matthew 2:1-2
From The Book of Mormon– 1 Nephi 10:4, 1 Nephi 11:13 & 18, 1 Nephi 11:20- 21 & 24, 1 Nephi 11:27, Helaman 14:3, Helaman 14:5-6, 3 Nephi 1:13, 3 Nephi 1:19, Mosiah 3:5-8
On Christmas Eve, we read the Christmas story from the Bible.
Here is the list of Christmas hymns/carols-
Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in the Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, The First Noel, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child is This, O Holy Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Silent Night, He Sent His Son, Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus, Stars Were Gleaming, When Joseph Went to Bethlehem, Once in Royal David’s City, With Wandering Awe, Mary’s Lullaby
On Christmas Eve, each family members chooses a favorite for all to sing.
We have a binder filled with Christmas stories, but others we read from story books and from the Friend magazine. Some of our stories are: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (this might take a few days to read), Is There a Santa Claus? by Francis P. Church, The Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke, The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne MuCollum Boyles, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss