This Christmas breakfast is a tradition that my parents did when I was very young and one that I brought into my own family, while adding some new traditions of our own to reflect our desired traditions while celebrating Christmas our way.
The thing that makes this tradition a favorite with kids is they wake up to this table all set for them when they wake up ‘incredibly early’ and ready to start with the days celebrations. My parents always told us that Santa Claus set the table for us, which made it very special to my believing heart. However, my husband and I had long decided that we weren’t going to bring Santa Claus into our days celebration, staying true to his upbringing and my desire to be truthful to my children about why we celebrate the way we do.
I remember the first Christmas breakfast when I started this tradition and marked the start of the day as a celebration of Jesus’ birthday. My small children’s face light up with surprise and joy as they scanned the table to see what it all included. It has been no different for my younger children now.
As our children come down the stairs, our eat-in table is in full view. They are joyful over the ‘Happy Birthday’ banner draped across the window, the balloons hanging over the table, the ‘bouquet’ of candy canes in the center of the table and the individual boxes of their own cereal, place inside my Christmas dishes.
This past year, we added a new tradition of reading Bible verses about ‘gifts’. We will do this every year, as it was a beautiful opportunity to turn their hearts to Him and the gifts that we already attained because of His birth and resurrection. If you would like to start that tradition as well or just study what the Bible says about gifts, you can print your own 12 Bible Verse Cards about ‘gifts’ and get started when you are ready.