Meaningful Christmas Day Devotional for Families

A peek inside this post: Looking for a meaningful Christmas Day Devotional for families? Use this Christmas morning devotion to talk about why Jesus came to the Earth as a baby. Take the emphasis off of the frills to remember the importance of celebrating Jesus’ birthday, the true meaning of Christmas.

Does Christmas Day sometimes slip away without having intentional time together remembering Jesus and celebrating His birthday? It happens so easily.

Kids wake up, are thrilled to see gifts wrapped under the tree and to see what’s in their stockings. We have a special breakfast, play with new toys and gadgets. Extended family joins in or you run off to grandma’s house. By the time evening comes everyone is feeling tired, full, and wanting some down time.

Here at Just Homemaking, it is one of our top priorities to encourage moms to live intentionally to teach kids about Jesus. What an amazing opportunity to do this on Christmas, Jesus’ birthday!

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Schedule time this Christmas Day to help kids remember how Jesus came into this world, and why He came to be with us. Read our Christmas Day Devotional for Families and grow together in faith this season.

Use this for Christmas Eve family devotions, Christmas morning devotion, or anytime that works for your family!

Read through our Christmas Day Devotional for Families below or download the Printable version at the bottom of the post.

Christmas Day Devotional for Families

John 1:1-5

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Does anyone know who John is talking about? He calls this mystery person “the Word” and “the Light.” He says that “through Him all things were made.”

Do you know who John is talking about here?


We learn in these verses in the book of John that Jesus has always been with God. But we also know that Jesus left His place in Heaven to be born on Earth to fulfill what God had planned…to make a way for us to go to Heaven with Him someday.

Jesus’ Birth Story

Now, let’s read through Jesus’ birth story from the book of Luke.

Luke 2:1-20 (You may want to have one of the kids help with this!)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

What stands out to you in the story of Jesus’ birth? How is His life special?

Kids decorating a Christmas tree

Why God Sent Jesus to the Earth as a Man

Let’s go back to the book of John now, and read more about why God sent His son to the Earth.

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

God knew from the beginning of time that the best way to show people His love for them was to send Jesus to the earth as a baby. He sent Jesus to make a way for people to know Him, believe in Him, and follow after Him.

Sending Jesus to the earth was God’s perfect way to show us how much he loves us.

Christmas gift wrapped with red bow

Christmas Day Family Devotions Take-Aways

So as we enjoy a special day together opening gifts, eating yummy food, and relaxing with family, let’s also remember that this day is even more special because we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday!

This was always God’s perfect plan. God wants you to know Him, talk to Him, and live with Him in Heaven someday. We can do this by believing in Him and acknowledging Him as Lord of our life.

As we enjoy the rest of our Christmas, let’s remember why this day is so important and thank God together for His perfect gift, Jesus.

Let’s pray together…

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to this earth to show us how much You love us. Thank you that we have this opportunity to remember Him together, and celebrate all that He did for us. Thank you for our family and friends who we get to see today. May we honor Jesus with our day, and remember the lessons He taught us throughout His life…to be full of love, speak truth, and serve others.

Your Printable Christmas Day Devotional for Families

For your convenience, we’ve formatted this devotion into a beautiful, easy to read PDF format. You can print it, or read it like an ebook from your phone or tablet. Get the download to help keep your family focused on Jesus this Christmas

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We Hope You Love this Christmas Day Devotional for Families

We pray that your family found our Christmas morning devotional useful and meaningful. If you’re looking for more devotionals throughout the year for your family or for personal faith, check out our 15 Minute Family Devotions page!

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Christmas Day Devotional for Families


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