15 More Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful (Part 2)

And here are some more suggestions …

  1. Buy gas for someone who wants to go home for Christmas but is low on finances.
  1. Supply kids with cardstock, glitter, markers, etc. so they can design cards for the elderly, church staff, etc. or anyone else who might appreciate a card from a child.
  1. Challenge each child to give two or three toys to a shelter. If possible, take them with you when you drop them off so they know where the toys are going/
  1. Read a few verses from the Bible each night. Matthew 1 and 2 and Luke l and 2 would be a good start.
  1. Look up Google maps of Bethlehem and Nazareth. Show your kids that these are real places.
  1. Invite someone to share Christmas dinner with you – or dinner on a day near Christmas.
  1. Attend Christmas services at church – which should be easy this year since Christmas is on a Sunday.
  1. Organize a small concert or recital (at a nursing home). One piano teacher holds her annual recital in the lobby of a nursing home. Not only do the musicians have a bigger audience, but the residents enjoy watching the children.
  1. Send a care box to someone in the armed forces.
  1. Help your children write short notes (or emails) to missionaries wishing them a “Merry Christmas.”
  1. Gather new or like-new books to donate to the pediatric floor at your local hospital.
  1. Let your kids see you generously pay for the person behind you in a fast food line.
  1. Direct your kids in making a video for faraway relatives. That might be something you’re planning on doing for Grandpa and Grandma, but how about Great Aunt Ruth who lives across the country and hasn’t met your kids? You might not exchange gifts with her, but she might be thrilled to have a family video.
  1. Take a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to someone who has to work outside on Christmas.
  1. Offer to decorate an elderly neighbor’s house.