Christmas Morning Activity: Give a Birthday Gift to Jesus (VIDEO)

What’s Christmas morning like at your house? If your family is like ours, smiles and fun abound as we enjoy a big breakfast and (finally!) get to open all those presents under the Christmas tree.

However, we’ve found a strange phenomenon exists on Christmas Day: Ironically, it’s one of the easiest times to forget about Jesus himself! 

We get so caught up in the festivity of opening gifts, eating decadent food and visiting family that day that we can easily forget about the person that we’re celebrating. Does this happen to you too?

Some Christians combat this situation by baking a “Happy Birthday Jesus” cake and singing the birthday song to him.

While I like the idea of acknowledging Jesus in this way, the last thing that I want in my house on Christmas morning is more sugar! After several weeks of get togethers and cookie exchanges, we usually have enough candy canes, creamy chocolate fudge and other decadent treats to feed a small army!

So here’s our family’s alternative way to keep Christ the focus on Christmas morning: We each give a “Birthday Gift for Jesus.”

CHRISTMAS MORNING FAMILY ACTIVITY: Start a Christmas tradition of giving a “Birthday Gift to Jesus” every year! Step by step instructions here (including a video) plus awesome printables that make this an easy and meaningful Christmas family activity!

But you’re asking, “What? How do you give a gift to someone who we can’t see or touch?”

It’s actually pretty simple. Before we open any gifts, we spend time as a family praying and reflecting on the miracle of Christ’s birth. Then we take 5-10 minutes and write him a simple note–a gift of our heart.

Here’s a video from the Your Vibrant Family You Tube Channel that explains more.

I always think of the little drummer boy when we do this! Really, what else can we give him but the gift of a life surrendered to His will? A heart eager and ready to follow Him? A mind that desires to grow deeper in His wisdom?

Some years I have confessed an ongoing fear or sin that I’ve struggled with and chosen to give this up to Him as my Christmas gift. He loves when we desire to say goodbye to our old ways so that we can embrace His better ones.

These notes are priceless and truly the highlight of our family’s holiday season.

After weeks of studying scripture and hearing the Christmas story (and doing Acts of Kindness), this is the moment where we officially get to apply all the teaching and activity.

This is when we get to say: How will this year’s Christmas season change me from here on out?

Pretty awesome, right?!

And did you catch that my family and I have been adding our “gifts” to this box for 16 years now?! Wouldn’t you love to start that tradition in your family too? How amazing to have years (or perhaps decades!) worth of Christmas notes to God from all your family members!

I’ve made it super easy for you and your family to enjoy this incredible time of reflection and application on Christmas morning.

You can get a colorful Christmas-themed “Letter to Jesus” sheet plus the labels to make your own Christmas Gift for Jesus box! They’re one tiny part of the incredible Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions System Printables!


400-x-400-cccfts-logoAlong with everything you need for your “Birthday Gifts for Jesus” celebration, this amazing system also contains other amazing ways for your family to grow closer to God during Christmas:

  • 30 Day Christmas Countdown Bible Study (for the whole family!)
  • 30 Christmas Random Acts of Kindness Activities (and a fun way to make them a game!)
  • Full-color Christian Christmas Home Decor pieces (to make Christmas banners, picture galleries and more that kids can help create and design)
  • Christmas adult and kids coloring pages with scriptures or hymns
  • Kids Christmas ornament designs to color
  • Journaling and Bible study pages
  • Bible study memory cards

and more!





The Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions System includes everything you need to finally discover the Christ-Centered Christmas you and your family long for!

It’s all figured out for you! No spending hours scrolling the internet for something that might work (we all have loads of extra time at Christmas, don’t we?!). Just print and go!




I know that you’ll love doing this Birthday Gift for Jesus activity with your family… along with the other parts in this incredible system!

Make this the year that your family experiences and lives out the truths of the Christmas season through the activities and experiences found in the Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions System!



Other Posts on a Christ-Centered Christmas You’ll Love:

How to Plan Christmas Acts of Kindness with Kids (FREE VIDEO)

EASY CHRISTMAS ACTS OF KINDNESS ACTIVITIES: You'll love these ideas (and printables!) that make Christmas acts of kindness easy and do-able for even busy families! Love this way to live out our Christian faith, especially during Christmas!


Easy 30 Day Christmas Countdown Bible Study (FREE VIDEO)

FUN KIDS CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY W/VIDEO: Discover the true meaning of Christmas with your family when you put together this beautiful 30 Day Christmas Countdown Bible Study! Printables make this easy and do-able for all Christian families! What a great way to tell the Christmas story a little at a time during Advent or the Christmas season.


How to Easily Create Christ-Centered Christmas Home Decor (FREE VIDEO)



How to Deal with the 5 Biggest Christmas Joy-Stealers



And don’t forget to learn more about the “Birthday Gifts for Jesus” and the rest of the awesome resources in this system here!

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As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging women, married couples and families with practical tips for growing closer to God during holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Alicia is the owner/editor of both and; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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