Christ-Centered Traditions

Christ Centered Christmas Traditions

New Life Church in Kearney and North Platte NE wants to help you and your family have a Christ-Centered Christmas. Leading up to Christmas we will be posting traditions from some of our New Life families that help them make Christ the center of their Christmas celebrations. May these ideas inspire you to start your own Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition with your family this year. God Bless and Merry Christmas from New Life Church.

Hear Pastor Jeff share his families tradition:


Christ-Centered TraditionsGrant and Lynn Lebsack Family
Our Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
Hard to give a short answer as this is a HUGE tradition in the Lebsack home. Starting Dec. 1st, daily devotions, scripture and prayer, and a fun advent activity – crafts, games, outings, special treat, etc. – as we countdown to Christmas. We started it when the kids were tiny. One year, we made a banner that tells the Christmas story, another year the kids made an ABC book that taught important aspects of Christ’s birth. Two teenagers in the house now and Advent is one of our FAVORITE family non negotiables, the kids won’t let it go! It takes some planning and preparation time, but I’ve got lots of ideas and love to share. Please contact me if you have questions!

Christ-Centered TraditionsJerry and Julie Ott Family
Our Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
When our children were young, we’d attend the Christmas eve service, come home and sit on blankets in the living room by the fireplace to eat a ‘shepherd’s supper’; flat bread, olives, dried fruit, meat, cheeses, and juice, and ponder the wonder that the shepherds must have experienced the night the angels announced Jesus’ birth! We made small banners reminding us of the names of Christ (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace) and hung them from the mantle rather than stockings. For a few years we just camped out there on the floor.

Christ-Centered TraditionsJohn and Jennifer Pettit Family
Our Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
This year we made a Cross Tree instead of the normal Christmas Tree. While building this Cross Tree, we’ve discussed the reason for the season. We placed a red fabric on the cross to symbolize our sin, white lights to symbolize our sin washed white and a crown at the top to remind us who is King. It’s been an amazing experience for us all.


Christ-Centered TraditionsSandy Jonak
My Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
Every year our family put out a Nativity Set with Baby Jesus in the manger. For all my growing up years and many of my adult years the nativity was just a nice decoration. It wasn’t until the last few years when I accepted Jesus as my Savior did I realize the amazing gift of His son that was sent down to earth on that first Christmas. I set out my Nativity Set this year with great joy and appreciation!

Christ-Centered TraditionsWoody and Annette Woodhead
Our Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
It’s difficult to put in a few words The Woodhead tradition. Many years ago during the week of Christmas, when our kids were early elementary we asked them to write a gift to Jesus that would be for the coming year. Early on it would be things like help me Jesus not fight with my brother, help me listen to my parents, help me not say bad words etc. As they grew in age and maturity their gifts to the Lord also grew in love and deeper commitment. So on Christmas morning after Woody read the Christmas story, we would get our gifts from the tree and present them to the Lord. We would go from youngest to the oldest and we would read our gifts to him out loud. After that, Woody would gather them and we would come together as a family as he would pray over them for the next year. I would keep them for a year in my prayer journal and pray over them, Our children are grown now, and as the daughter in laws, son in law and grandchildren have blessed our family, they all now partake in this rich tradition. As we’ve gotten older, there are very few dry eyes as we share. While we have many traditions this by far draws us closer to Him and each other!

Christ-Centered TraditionsPastor Eric and Shelly Rozean
Our Christ-Centered Christmas Tradition…
My mother who turned 80 this year has somehow managed to get all her children together between Christmas and New Year’s every single year until just the last couple of years. That is over 60 years of having all her kids with her at Christmas-time!!! We now travel to Missouri right after Christmas so Grandma can still love on all of us. She remains the spiritual leader of the entire family and is responsible for each of her children serving the Lord. Every year we sit around her living room, read the Christmas story from God’s word, take turns sharing what God has done in our lives this past year (everyone has to share something!), then exchange a few simple gifts. It has kept our brood of 25 plus kids & grandkids connected each year and restores and maintains our relationships as a family. It’s great to find out each year, that our best friends in the whole world are family. God is so good!!

Don’t miss the mark this Christmas! Consider incorporating creative ideas like these into your Christmas celebrations and listen to this short devotion from Pastor Jeff Baker to make this a Christ-Centered Christmas:
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Christmas Weekend Services in Kearney and North Platte

Christmas Weekend ServicesChristmas Eve Services
Saturday, December 24th, 3:00 and 5:00 pm
-Services are in the Main Auditorium at both locations
-Kids Church available for infants through Grade 5


Christmas Weekend ServicesChristmas Day Worship Experience
Let us help you start the tradition of sharing The Christmas Story with your family on Christmas morning. Gather the family around as you watch our 15-minute interactive Christmas Worship Experience.
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There are no Worship Services at New Life on Christmas Day