The Community At Christmas
The best part of
Christmas is sharing peace and love with others. The
true meaning of Christmas should bring hope to every
man, woman, and child. Doing something selfless for
others helps us spread that hope.
Neighbors Help Neighbors
In many places, snow is a certainty during the holiday
season. If you live in one of these areas then you know
that digging out after a snow is hard work.
Organize a neighborhood “dig out”. Neighbors who are
able-bodied and full of the Christmas spirit can offer
to shovel their neighbors’ driveways and front steps.
Children can travel around the shoveling route providing
hot cocoa breaks for the willing workers. Neighbors who
have to work around the holidays will appreciate the
I heard of a community that covers the entire
neighborhood with luminaries. Volunteers take a day and
come together to prepare the luminary bags and set them
out curbside in front of every home. About a week before
Christmas the volunteers light the luminaries at sunset
one evening. Everyone in the neighborhood can look out
their windows and enjoy the solemnity of the season. The
luminaries are a small service, but they make a powerful
statement. They remind them of the light that was born
into the world over 2,000 years ago.
Malls and shopping centers become hubs of activity at
Christmastime. One shopping center in my city is so busy
that they hire policemen to direct traffic. Everyone is
so busy buying, that no one thinks about eating. Here’s
another opportunity to help out in the community. A
church youth group, women’s circle, or another
organization can provide much needed concessions, free
of charge, for weary shoppers.
Keep your snack items simple. If I were a shopper I’d be
looking for something to give me a boost of energy in a
hurry. Donuts or Christmas cookies would be easiest to
manage and clean up. Apple cider can be bought from the
grocery store and warmed up in large coffee urns heated
by electric fuel. There’s nothing like a hot drink and a
donut on a cold day. Shoppers will thank you for the
hospitality. If they ask why you are doing it, let them
know that you are sharing a bit of Christ’s love during
Helping out in the community can be fun and rewarding.
Explore the needs in your area this Christmas and lend
some folks a hand.
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