While The Daniel Plan encourages you to live healthier, at Christmas time, our focus shifts to helping you connect with the real reason for the season and keeping Christ in your Christmas. Perhaps this year, your family considers a new tradition, such as the one Pastor Buddy Owens and his family does. Read his story here.

Or try one of these ideas for a new tradition:


  • Have a birthday cake, Angel food of course, with light whipping cream topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries, add a candle and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.
  • Gather the family around the tree and read the original Christmas story from the book of Matthew or Luke in the Bible.
  • Invite a friend, who may not have a family nearby (aka family orphan), to join you for one of Saddleback’s Christmas services and at your Christmas Eve dinner. Find a date/time here.
  • Bill Mugford, Saddleback’s pastor of local HIV/Aids offered this idea: “About 15 years ago, our whole family decided that we really didn’t need any more stuff, so we decided there were people that did have needs. So now we contribute what we thought we’d spend on Christmas gifts, and donate it a program that provides families in Africa with goats, cows, sheep and grain. Because of this, our children have a heart to help others. So now we’re planting a lot more seeds than what we’re sending overseas.”

Have another Christmas tradition to share? Email [email protected].