Crackling fireplaces, snowflakes, decorated houses, gingerbread cookies, ornaments, and candy canes – all the indicators of the holiday season are coming to life as December finally arrives. While you and your family start your Christmas traditions, we want to tell you about some of the traditions of the children in our Bethania Kids homes. We invite you to incorporate some of the Bethania Christmas traditions into your own Christmas celebrations!
Origami: The children create all sorts of origami and paper cuttings to celebrate Christmas. They create stars, Angels, camels, wise men and much more.
House Decorating: As pictured below, they do not hold back on decorating! The homes usually place a big star on top of their building to proclaim to the world the good news of Christmas!
Nativity Scene: The children build an eastern-styled manger out of bamboo sticks, and place within it a cradle filled with hay.
Floor Designs: Our staff cleans and white-washes the floors, then the kids are given chalk and they make beautiful designs on the floor and ground which symbolize the birth of Christ.
Christmas Programs: Currently, the children are preparing dramas, skits, carols, and dances for a big Christmas Day celebration! They put a great amount of time into their preparations and on Christmas they give their performances for relatives and their Bethania Family.
Food: While in America we might have a ham or turkey on Christmas day, the children in the Bethania Kids homes enjoy a large serving of Biryani.
Christmas Cards: All the kids use their drawing and coloring skills to create beautiful Christmas Cards which they then hand out to each other and their caretakers.
What type of traditions does your family have during Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!