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I have always loved Christmas. As a kid I enjoyed making cookies for Santa, making ornaments, doing holiday crafts, and of course opening presents on Christmas morning. As an adult, I still enjoy Christmas, but for totally different reasons. I still make cookies with my kids and leave them out for Santa, I still make holiday crafts, and I enjoy the ornaments my kids bring home from school and add them to our already crowded tree. However, some of my favorite parts of Christmas is serving others.
I enjoy getting up and making breakfast for my family. There’s something about eating delicious french toast and sitting around the tree before any presents are opened that makes it so magical. You can see the excitement on my kids’ faces and we talk about things we are grateful for.
Seeing the look on my kids’ faces as they open presents is priceless. It’s the moment I’ve spent all year waiting for. Knowing how excited they will be over the gifts that were thought out and strategically placed on their lists just takes on a whole new level of joy.
Watching our pastor go live for a quick 30 minutes is another family treasure. While we don’t attend church on Christmas day, we do view an online video from our pastor to enjoy worship with our family and remember the whole reason for the season. It doesn’t matter what gift is under that tree, the greatest gift is what our Lord has already given us.
I also try to get my kids involved in giving back to our community. This is something we do all year long, but especially during the holidays. There are so many ways for the whole family to be involved. My kids enjoy making goodie bags for the homeless. We try to make a handful and keep them in the car so that we can hand them out when needed. We also volunteer at our local animal shelter. This is really my daughter’s passion, but we all get involved. We help with adoption drives, donate items that may be needed, and spend time with the animals. We try to visit them at least once a week and really enjoy seeing them get adopted out. We also make baskets of homemade cookies and other baked goods for our friends and neighbors. There’s so many ways that we can get involved and truly make a difference during the holiday season. I try to teach my kids to always be an inspiration and make a difference, no matter how small.
Speaking of being an inspirational difference…
There are two inspirational films that release on DVD tomorrow. Both are sure to inspire you to make a difference and enjoy the small things this holiday season. Both films highlight the perseverance people can have when they lean on their faith and when they do that – God enables them to do extraordinary things in life.
HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE was a phenomenon when it came out in theaters this past September.
GREATER, a film about an unlikely young man who had all the odds stacked up against him when he tried out to play football at one of the most prestigious football programs in the country.
1 lucky TCMS reader will win a $25 Target giftcard , a DVD copy of HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE, and a DVD copy of GREATER. To enter, please comment below and tell me what your favorite part of the holiday season is before 12/23/16.