For God so loved the world –He gave his Son!
Immanuel –God with us!
And because God is love – he has commanded us to love Him and to love others (Matt 22:36) – not just at Christmas time –but ALL the time!
So I want to give you 15 practical ways to keep Christ in Christ-mas. These 15 ways are not numbered – but the first 9 are in the collage below and the last 6 are in the writing of this post :). I’ve already begun facebooking, tweeting and pinning the tips below on my Women Living Well pages (I invite you to follow along there).
Christmas time is a time when people are open to talk about spiritual things. It’s easy to invite family or a friend to church or to a choir concert. A couple years back, I invited a little boy from my son’s football team and his mom, to our church concert. It was easy – and they came! And I’ll never forget when the mom walked in – she said, “my son just asked what that thing is, up on top of the church,and I told him a cross.”
The little boy did not know what a cross was! I love that Christmas is a chance to introduce people to Christ in a natural way.
I’ve also given out Bibles or devotionals at Christmas time to baggers at the grocery store, women at the salon, and to neighbors. It seems to be a natural time to give something spiritual as a gift. Come January 15th, if I handed someone a Bible they might think that was odd or offensive.
Another thing we do at Christmas time to remind our children to share the love of Christ – is our Jesus stocking.
We have 4 white stockings hanging on our fireplace and then a special one that is royal red. It’s a stocking fit for a King – King Jesus! During the month of December, I invite my children to put gift money or chore money into the stocking and then, right before Christmas we give it to a charity. Last year, we donated toward a well in Africa. I love how this hangs on our mantel as a daily reminder of the presence of Jesus – our 5th member of the family, in our house.
Need a resource for some ideas of ways you can light up your community with the Kindness of Christ?
Courtney DeFeo (great first name right? ) has created a list of 100 ways here:
She includes ideas like:
Stage an early morning chalk attack. Pick a street – yours or another! – and write a “good morning” or “have a great day” message on every driveway.
Stand outside your child’s classroom and give each child a single flower as they walk in. Then, as the children enter the classroom, have them hand the flower to their teacher. By the time class begins, he or she will have a vase full of flowers!
Try to find out when your child’s FRIEND has a game or performance coming up. Surprise him or her by attending and bringing a poster or other fun ways to cheer them on.
I love these!
Remember, this is not just for the holiday season. ALL YEAR LONG – spread the love of Christ. We are the light of the world!
I have one more family tradition that didn’t fit in this post – so I’ll write more about this next week. Until then, have a GREAT weekend with your family and friends and remember –shine sistas –and teach your little ones to do the same!
Walk with the King,