Last week, my girlfriend Amy Wyatt and I were trying to create some Christmas ideas to do with our families for the 25 days of Christmas. We wrote down things like bake cookies, go Christmas caroling, and make salt-dough ornaments. But we also talked about things we could do to share Christ with others this year. Amy suggested going as a family to the grocery store to buy canned food for the food pantry at church.
I loved the idea of getting my kids involved in reaching out to those around us. As we talked, we remembered at Halloween how “the spirit of Halloween” came through the neighborhood and “Boo’ed” people. People rang our doorbells after dark and left a bucket of Halloween goodies on the front porch.
We decided to take that idea and use it to spread Christ in our neighborhoods. Instead of being visited by a ghost, an angel will hop from house to house to “Bless” people, just like they visited the shepherds that first Christmas. We will fill stockings with goodies and leave them on the doorsteps of unsuspecting neighbors. Along with the stocking, will be a little poem about Christmas AND the Christmas story straight from God’s Word. The recipient will also get directions about how to keep the blessings going throughout the neighborhood.
We would LOVE it if you would join us and start the blessings in your neighborhood! What a great way to share Christ with the people in our own backyard. I’ve written the poem and directions for you. You can download it for free.
Click HERE to download poem and directions.
You can customize your “blessing” to make it your own, but here are some ideas for inexpensive items to put in your stocking:
-Bag of candy
-Fun cupcake papers
-CD of Christmas music
You can make your stocking generic or customize it for a particular family.
I hope you enjoy blessing your neighborhood, but most of all, I hope someone is moved by God’s Word in a powerful way. I’m praying that for each of you. I’d love to hear if you decide to start this in your neighborhood. Let me know. Merry Christmas!