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Practical Ideas On How To Be Christmas This Year

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We just kicked off our Advent series called Be Christmas. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be discovering what it looks like to:

Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All.

On week one, Dale gave us some questions to think about regarding each of these four areas:

  1. Worship Fully: What’s one new way we can focus our worship on God’s gift of Jesus?
  2. Spend Less: What can we give up or reduce to increase our capacity for generosity?
  3. Give More: What will I offer for my King and His Kingdom this month?
  4. Love All: How many ways can I surprise someone with love?

We realize it can be tough to know what to do or where to start. Wouldn’t it be great to hear some ideas? That’s where you come in! We’d love to hear what you’re doing to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all this year. Share your thoughts and practical ideas below in the comments section, and let’s collaborate together to ‘Be Christmas’ to our world this Advent season!

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4 Responses

  1. One idea that I love is one that I heard from Family Life Today radio. The giving plan for a family is to consider the gifts of the Wise Men.

    GOLD: A more expensive, costly gift; that one “Big Ticket” item.
    FRANKINSENCE: A gift pertaining to our life in Christ (ie, a Bible, tickets to a worship concert, devotional)
    MYRHH: A practical gift.

    The remainder of the Christmas budget is then freed to pursue giving opportunities, which the family shares in choosing.

    What I love about this is that it trains (us and) our children to recognize that we are blessed to receive, but more fully blessed to give and to be a blessing!

  2. Laura

    After hearing the Week One Sermon, the power of “BE”ing Christmas vs. “DO”ing Christmas really hit home. I put a daily reminder on my calendar to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All and started thinking about spending time instead of spending money to create the Christmas Spririt.

    Our first action was to cancel our Christmas travel plans and spend time at home . . . less hustle, less bustle, more time to reflect and more opportunity to participate. It’s amazing how much happier and relaxed we are ALREADY knowing we will be cozied up at home instead of running through an airport.

    Next I started reaching out to people to join me celebrating the advent season – inviting a friend I hadn’t seen in a year to the Seacoast Women’s Christmas tea, planning Christmas cookie baking day with my daughter and her friends, signing up with friends for a Thrivent fundraiser holiday party, shopping with my daughter for RCR holiday gifts instead of the usual suspects.

    An unintended benefit of my calendar reminder was the visibility during a board meeting where my screen was displayed with the BEing Christmas message in the fore front as we were discussing scheduling options through the month of December…Inspiration that the message of Jesus Birth cannot be surpressed!

  3. Dale

    SPEND LESS / GIVE MORE – Becky and I look for a way each year to help our six grandkids (all under 8) to remember our 7th, little Andy who passed just before birth almost 3 years ago. This year, we are committing to Empower a Hero for a year in honor of our “hero” Andy. So each of the other six grandkids will go to Andy’s stocking and find a surprise that represents our 12 gifts in 2015 toward lifting children in Rwanda out of poverty.

  4. Dale

    LOVE MORE – I’m looking for ways to surprise people with love, perhaps who I have overlooked in the past. We really appreciate our two young men who care for our yard in Carlsbad. Both speak limited English. So I’m ordering Spanish version of the Jesus Film for each family to give them along with the usual gift bonus. You can order them from the Jesus Film website for about $5 each! How about you?

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