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Neighborly Christmas Cheer

Neighborly Christmas Cheer

The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” Luke 22:39

Christmas is a great time to show love to your neighbors. I have always made Christmas bread that I shape into candy canes, trees, and hearts for the people on my street. I’ve had neighbors send over cookies, mail cards with their family photos, or to stop by and invite me to go caroling. I’ve also lived where the neighborhood held a party. Whatever you do, use the time to be kind and pray for those around you.

As a family consider a few ways to express joy:

  • Make extra cookies or candies to give a small plate of them to a neighbor with a Christmas card.
  • Make cards and pass them out.
  • Pass out candy canes with the candy cane legend.
  • Do a good deed for someone in your neighborhood.
  • Plan a time for caroling. Print words to favorite songs or create a playlist of words singers can access on their phones.
  • Read about nearby shepherds who came to see Jesus. Chat about how they were also neighbors.
  • Be a secret angel and leave a gift card to a needy neighbor to use for gas, groceries, or toys.
  • Read about the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 and chat about neighbors.
  • Make dog treats for pets on your street.

Secret tree code

Replace each letter with the letter that precedes it in the alphabet to find a message about neighbors.

F

BD

I*P

G*VT

*TIPVM

E*QMFB

TF*IJT*O

FJHICPS*BO

E*BDU*GPS*I

JT*HPPE.*UIVT

CVJMEJOH*

GJL

VQ.

Answer: Each of us should please his neighbor and act for his good, thus building him up. Romans 15:2

By: Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) an author, speaker, and former television host, has a book all about advent called Christmas is Coming! But Waiting is Hard: Family Activities and Devotions for Advent.

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