Are you struggling to find a simple way to make the Christmas season meaningful?
There are so many great ideas out there, it is easy to get overwhelmed! I know I often struggle with knowing what to include in our holiday celebrations.
Before my oldest son was even born, I knew I wanted Christmas to be a special time of focusing on Christ. I wanted to find something that would help us keep our eyes on Jesus throughout the holiday season, but would also be easy to do and something that the whole family could join in on. Are you looking for something like this too?
Today, I’d love to share with you our family’s earliest and favorite Christmas tradition.
Names of Jesus Advent Ornaments
The concept is simple. Twenty-five ornaments, each with a name of Jesus and a verse reference written on them. Each evening you pick one (or two or three if you’re behind!) ornament, read the verse, and place it on the tree. It’s as easy as that.
If you want to go further, you can discuss the passage, pray, or sing a carol. However, you don’t need to feel pressure to make it anymore than it is. It is beautiful in its simplicity.
We have been doing this Advent tradition since my oldest’s first Christmas, just before he turned one year old. Although he didn’t understand the words we read, he loved picking the ornament and carefully placing it on the tree. He would smile, clap, and dance while we cheered him on.
The following Christmases he’s enjoyed the tradition just as much, gaining more understanding every year. This year will be his fourth time hanging the ornaments on the tree and I cannot wait to see his comprehension of our great Savior grow even more. I also look forward to beginning the process with our second born. Though he is only six months old, I know he will love it just as his brother did.
Scroll down to see how to make your own!
Ready to make your own advent ornaments?
I first came across the idea at “I am momma” and although I thought the way they did their ornaments was neat, I knew I wanted something that would be durable enough to last through many years of toddler abuse.
I found a tutorial like this one for printing onto fabric, printed the names and verses onto fabric, and sewed together very simple cloth ornaments. They are perfect for little fingers!
If you are interested in trying out this Christmas tradition, you definitely don’t have to make your ornaments the same as ours. Making them in a style that works for your family is part of the fun! Any type of ornament that you can write the name and verse on will work great!
The names of Jesus
Once you’ve determined what style ornament you want, you need to decide what names you want on them.
These names are so amazing. They speak volumes as to Jesus’ character and power. There are also so many to choose from! I spent a long time pouring over this list until I narrowed down the ones that would be on our advent ornaments. It was such a great experience to meditate on these names as I chose them.
Here are the ones I picked:
Lion of Judah (Rev 5:5)
Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8)
Light of the World (John 8:12)
Living Water (John 4:10)
Messiah (John 4:25-26)
The Word (John 1:1)
Judge (2 Timothy 4:8)
The Vine (John 15:5)
Lamb of God (John 1:29)
Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6-7)
Savior (Luke 2:11)
Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
The Great Physician (Luke 9:11)
Living One (Rev 1:18)
Bread of Life (John 6:35)
The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6)
The Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15)
Immanuel (Matthew 1:23)
I AM (John 8:58)
Teacher (Matthew 23:10)
Gift of God (John 3:16)
Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:11)
Son of Man (Mark 10:33)
King of Kings (Rev 17:14)
Doesn’t just reading them do good for your soul? Can you imagine taking a few moments each day this Christmas season to slow down and meditate on these precious names? I do hope that you give it a try.
Are you ready to get started, but you don’t have time to make your own ornaments? I’ve got you covered!
Here is a lovely printable set of the names of Jesus ornaments. These are the perfect size to use in an Advent calendar, to make into a little banner, or even to hang on your tree. I hope they are a blessing to you and your family!
Put Christ in Christmas with our Praying the Names of Jesus 30-Day Prayer Journal. Click the image below to grab your copy!
Be sure to check out these other family Christmas traditions to try with your family!
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Liz is a twenty-something wife, mother, and jack-of-all trades. When she’s not looking for ways to teach God’s truth to her three-year-old you’ll find her reading, cooking, writing, or enjoying the outdoors. Liz blogs about faith, family, and life’s adventures at Simple Life. Messy Life.