It's the most beautiful time of the year! That's what the lyrics say's anyway, right? Hoping for a "white Christmas" this year? Me too, but it's not looking too promising. What does look promising though is the chance you and I have as ministry leaders to be creative and help our church families gain a win at Christmas time.
For kids, the win is what's under the tree or left behind from Santa. For Santa, the win is that fresh cup of cold milk, warm cookies and the thought of young Billy or Samantha enjoying their presents. But, what about parents? What is our win? Let's take a look at 3 things that I believe help develop a win this Christmas.
For starters, simply creating opportunities for your church family's to be together is big. Schedules get busier and busier as December 25 approaches but creating a couple of opportunities for the families to be together leading up to Christmas Day is key.
One of the things my family loves to do is to visit our community Christmas light display. With 4 kids ranging from 13 to 2, this can be tricky, but we've had fun with it so far. Another idea to consider is to go shopping as a family if you sponsor a child or family from the community or church's Angel Tree. The little things that you can do as a family together have the possibilities of creating lifelong memories.
The next thing I believe that can go a long way to helping families win this Christmas is to create dialogue for them to share together around the table or perhaps in front of the fireplace in the living room. Provide a question or two that perhaps goes along with a sermon series or even something specific to what your ministry may be studying on. The folks at Orange provide a social media strategy that helps churches and families win when it comes to having conversations as a family. Make it a priority leading up to Christmas to even reflect on everyone's favorite Christmas memories from year's past. Anything that can offer an opportunity for families to come together and share is a great way to achieve a win this Christmas season.
Finally, help create moments that they'll reflect on years from now. This is a culmination of the first two steps and serves as great discussion starters next year as Christmas approaches.
One moment that I am hoping to create with our families this year is providing a birthday party kit for every family and they throw a Happy Birthday Jesus party on or around Christmas. This idea and concept isn't new and has perhaps been done for some time now but it offers the family an opportunity to reflect on the gift that God has provided us in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Kids love party's and gifts so for us, we are providing each family a present this year with a birthday party kit. We've included a cake mix, icing, and candles all inside of a gift bag. Relatively inexpensive and will hopefully create a moment for that family that will spark something greater in them and their relationship with God.
There you have it. Create opportunities for families to be together, have dialogue together as a family, and to make memories together as a family. For me and my family, that's a Christmas win and I'm hopeful that it will be for you, your family and your ministry.