Melanie Redd. What If This Was Your First Christmas
Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.”
Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations.
Our prayer is that you will come to know Him, worship Him, enjoy Him, celebrate Him, and share Him with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People all around us need to know the love of Jesus.
May we all be bright “lights” this year – sharing hope to those who need it most!
Read a passage of scripture each night regarding the Christmas story.
- Discuss the characters in a simple Nativity set.
- Look at the stars on a clear night and talk about the night Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Make cookies for our neighbors.
- Pay for the car behind us in the drive thru.
- Make cards for shut-ins.
- Take pizza to the fire department.
- Serve at a local food shelter.
- Memorize a passage of scripture together.
(A great verse for children to memorize is Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”)
We always try to add things to our calendar that serve others, that show the love of Christ, that point our children toward Jesus’s sacrificial love.
Isn’t that what Christmas is about?
Jesus came as a baby to serve us.
He served while he was on earth, but ultimately he served by giving his life so that we could live.
Matthew 20”28 says, “The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”