Christmas Articles

Practicing Christmas at Home

Christmas stretches into the new year. Spend a few minutes each day celebrating the season with prayers and reflection. Travel the way of the Magi and sink into the wonder of the birth of the Christ child.

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Recovering from Christmas

When you work for a church, it can be an all out sprint from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day from pageant practice to reviewing bulletins and trying to get your own home (and heart) prepared for the season. Here are some ideas for Christmastide renewal!

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Welcoming Visitors at the Holidays and Year Round

Christmas worship services are full of first-time guests and those who might tentatively stay awhile. There may not be a lot of time at these services to get to know someone new, but there is ample opportunity to set the stage for further conversations

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Come to the Manger

An historic church welcomes overflow Christmas Eve crowds in a new way. Families and friends gather around the manger, celebrating Emmanuel, God with us!

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Christmas Pageant Ideas, Tips, and Scripts

Does your church offer a Christmas pageant? Whether you worship in a large or small community; lots of kids or just a few – there is an option out there for you. Not all Christmas pageants need to be full-scale productions. In fact, there are many ways to dramatize the Nativity story with a handful of costumes/props and willing set of actors.

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In Defense of the Christmas Cookie – Recipes included

Baking cookies offers an important component to bake sales, caroling, and gifts: cooperation, concentration…and sugar! Making cookies from scratch is not much more complicated than ripping open a box or slicing cookies from a tube. However, it is infinitely more satisfying, and teaches young people important kitchen skills.

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