Keep the holiday spirit with these ideas:
|Place a small box with a gift-wrapped lid in front of the
crèche (Nativity set) as a "gift for Jesus".
Have family members each put money into the box a various times
throughout December. On Christmas Eve, take the money to church
for an offering, or give it to a needy family.
||Help decorate the church or stuff bulletins.
||On Christmas afternoon, visit and take favors to nursing home
residents. This is an especially lonely time for people who don't
have plans for the day.
||Have neighborhood children over for a party, using the Christmas
story as the main feature.
||Invite your child's Church School teacher over for a meal
||Encourage the editor of your local newspaper to sponsor an
essay contest for kids on "The True Meaning of Christmas."
||Help an elderly relative or neighbor decorate for the holidays.
Reprinted from Childern's Ministry Magazine, November/December 1995, page 78.
© 1996 by Orthodox Family Life and the original author(s).
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