Regardless of your Christmas traditions, here are 8 things you will want to do this Christmas season.
- Read the Christmas story from the Bible to your kids or grandkids. Reading the Jesus story from the Bible is a good way to re-enforce the whole reason we have Christmas. Growing up, our family would read the Christmas story before we could open any presents.
- Send a Christmas card to “that” person. You know who that person is. Whatever you need to do to, do it….get over yourself, extend grace, give forgiveness, etc.
- Give an extra offering to your church. Be generous. Your local church does a lot of ministry that you may never see from benevolence to counseling, from one-on-one discipleship to teaching parenting skills. You can make an eternal difference by giving to your church.
- Serve at a local ministry. Find a food pantry, clothing closet, pregnancy center, or needs at your church and serve this holiday season.
- Thank a police officer. These men and women will be working during the holidays to keep your communities safe. They will go to work not knowing if they will make it home safe while you celebrate with family in the comfort of your home. If you need help, whether you like them or not, they will show up to serve when you call.
- Donate the extras. Have your kids give away one of their toys in lieu of all the new toys they will get at Christmas. Give away some of your clothes or declutter a closet or the garage.
- Pray for missionaries who are away from their families. Missionaries have given up so much to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Many will not be with their families this holiday season, nor will they be able to celebrate the same way they would in their home culture.
- Share your testimony at your family gathering. Be bold in your faith. Share what Jesus did and how your relationship with Him has changed your life. (And make sure you are showing them a life that is actually changed.)