Christmas can be a challenging time to keep the focus on sharing Christ and not just sharing stuff'.
I know many moms are on the look out for things to do that will make a difference this time of year instead of just gorging our families on our own self-indulgences.
Here are some ideas of things our family has brainstormed to do that might help your creating juices flow:
1. Give clothes to the needy. (Salvation Army)
2. Share our toys with the poor. (Goodwill)
3. Send free Christmas cards to Soldiers. You can do this too, takes only a minute.
4. Children will all go to the store and buy a toy to donate to "Toys for Tots'.
5. Bake bread for neighbors and attach the gospel.
6. Make cookies for a homeless shelter attach the gospel---donate needed items. (Volunteering is good in a soup kitchen too, we did this one year and it was wonderful!!! The volunteer is more blessed than the receiver.)
7. Donate to fallen soldiers familes.
8. Christmas Caroling inside Wal-Mart with our church--we are passing out candy canes with info on how to keep Christ in Christmas with our church information on it. Children are dressing up as Nativity characters.
9. Create a Christmas Shoebox
10. Bless Samaritans Purse. (only $9 feeds a hungry baby for a week)
11. Remember a widow or shut in. Send a card or visit--do something special for them.
12. Visit a nursing home, sing songs bring gifts or make sweets.
So if you are a mom on the go, and need some ideas quick---print this out and stick it on your fridge. Put more meaning into your Christmas and share the joy of Christ with others. Here is the verse I have hanging in my dining room with our list:
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." -----1 Timothy 6:17-8
And most importantly, remember to integrate ministry like this through the whole year through---not just once a year!