December 8, 2010
If you haven’t already picked up a copy of our Rolling Hills Family Christmas Guide 2010, be sure to do that soon. In it we featured a Top 10 List of ways to give Christ to your Kids @ Christmas. This blog in 3 parts contains the complete list with additional ideas, details, and suggestions. Since the Christmas season is all about Christ, let’s do our best to make HIM the key feature of our families this year!
7. DOWNSIZE! Let Kids Choose Clothes and Toys to Give Away This Year! Some call it making room for the new stuff and in a real sense it is. Because Christmas will undoubtedly involve new clothes and toys at your house, make this the month that you give away things you no longer want or need. No doubt you could take a stroll through the play room and pick out the toys that never get touched and it might be easier for you to do the deciding. In doing it yourself, you miss the teachable moment. Let your kids choose items to give away this year. It will make room for new things and teach them the joy of giving at the same time. It will also remind them that too much stuff is simply too much. Help them choose a younger sibling, cousin, local charity, or even a family at church with younger kids to pass on the blessings!
8. Do a Service Project Together. First things first! Families can serve together at the Cool Springs Galleria by wrapping gifts and joyfully greeting mall patrons this year. Search for available shifts and sign up to serve by emailing Steve Horton. Families can also adopt someone in need this holiday whether it be a family in need or another child. Many families in Franklin find themselves struggling this time of year and they turn to churches for help. Adopt a child or a family to help by contacting Jason Hale. Other hands on service projects for families include:
- Bake cookies or Christmas Goodies for un-churched friends and neighbors.
- Make cards or ornaments and deliver to a local nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Sponsor a child as a family through JMI (email Maggie Rollins to get set up).
9. Do a Christmas Worship Service Together as a Family! This year, our Christmas season at Rolling Hills culminates on Christmas Eve. There will be no weekend services on Sunday December 26th. We invite you to spend this weekend celebrating Christ as a family and setting family goals for the new year. We have a produced a Family Worship Guide for Sunday December 26th that will be made available on Sunday December 19th at church and online on Dec. 20th. You can use the outline and suggested family worship activities or develop your own that suits your family. For worship services with kids, follow this simple structure:
10. Give Your Kids a Daily Devotional Guide and Set Aside Time for Family Devotions. Lifeway publishes devotional magazines for kids called More for 1st and 2nd graders, Adventure for 3rd and 4th graders, and Bible Express for 5th and 6th graders. An annual subscription to these devotional magazines gets 12 issues, each with a months worth of daily devotions for kids. Other recommended devotional guides for kids include:
- The One Year Kids Devotions published by Tyndale (also available in versions specific for boys or girls)
- Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young published by Tommy Nelson
These ideas are meant more to prompt your own parenting not create your calendar or manage your shopping lists this Christmas. These are simple ideas for giving Christ to your kids at Christmas and keeping HIM central to your holiday festivities. Most of them aren’t age specific or bound by grades or genders. You know your family dynamic better than anyone. So pick and choose ways to honor Christ this Christmas and keep Him first for your kids this year. As you have new ideas of your own, we invite you share them with us. We’re all in this together so let’s learn from each other how we can keep Christ first in our hearts and in our homes! Merry Christmas!