As members of the Protestant Christian faith, many Baptists celebrate a traditional American Christmas by erecting a Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, attending special Christmas church services, and enjoying special meals and parties with family and friends. They may also attend special Christmas events or observances in their local area and decorate the outside of their homes.Continue Reading
During the holiday season, Christian churches observe the advent. This is the countdown to Christmas. For each of the weeks following Thanksgiving up to Christmas, churches have a special observance. This is sometimes merely the lighting of candles or a special prayer. It may also involve the taking of communion. Churches also put on special Christmas plays or cantatas and erect nativity scenes that depict Jesus's early days in a manger. Some churches also hold special Christmas Eve services or prayer sessions.
As much of Christian culture as Christmas has become, Baptists have not always been fans of Christmas. Prior to the late 19th century, very few Baptists celebrated Christmas. It was not until the 20th century that the practice of celebrating Christmas within the Baptist faith became widespread. There are some Baptists, however, who question the validity of celebrating Christmas due to the widespread commercialization of the holiday.Learn more about Christmas
At Christmas time, Christmas cards go out to family and friends with popular closing salutations such as "May the spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the New Year" and "Wishing you a Merry Christmas touched with wonder and filled with love." A good closing salutation should mention Christmas and offer a blessing, wish or general positive thought about the holiday.Full Answer >
Christmas dinner prayers, or graces, can include the story of the birth of Jesus, praise to God and Mary, Christmas songs and thanks to God for family and friends. There is no one official Christian Christmas grace. An example of a Christmas dinner grace is the "Christmas Table Prayer" by Edward Hays.Full Answer >
Some fun ideas for family Christmas gifts include creating gag gifts to lighten up the holidays and start a personalized rotating box gift that recipients pass on to each other. Organizing a gift sampler allows the recipient to enjoy a variety of gifts in one convenient package.Full Answer >
Make Christmas cards by cutting out varying lengths of ribbon and sewing them in the shape of a Christmas tree onto a folded piece of card stock. This project takes only a few minutes and requires ribbon, paper or card stock, pinking shears and a sewing machine.Full Answer >