We’re now entering the busiest time of the year and it will go by very fast. It would be so wonderful if it would just slow down a litte. If life would slow down, we could speand more time with our family. Here are some great ways that we can spread Christmas cheer to your friends and family and even strangers this year.
Give Money To Help Those In Need
Often, churches will take up an offering for children in another part of the world that need to hear the gospel. Money will be collected to support missionaries who live there and set up churches, Bible Studies, and childeren’s play equipement. Our church had a ministry set up so that we could sponsor an orphan child in a third-world country. I especially like to give to those in need in my local town.
Visiting Lonely People
Christmas is a good time to start visiting lonely people. You can start by visiting people in your family that you haven’t seen in a long time. You can also visit people that you don’t know and spread Christimas cheer there, too. When you visit, make it a point to come back often to share the love year-round. To visit people in a rest home or hospital, it’s easier to go with a group. They usually have prior permission.
Have you ever volunteered this time of year? There’s nothing more fun than volunteering with your children or a group at: a soup kitchen, the Salvation Army, a coat drive, a clothing drive, a toy drive, or shovel a snowy sidewalk.
We’ve lived in a few different towns and they all had different ways to volunteer. In one town, the city allowed a family or organization to help an individual or family. Our children had the biggest eyes and smiles! In another town, we selected angels off a tree and then went shopping for a specific child. It’s great to let your children help select the gifts and wrap them! As my kids got older, they volunteered on their own by ringing the red bell, serving food, and more. I love that they continue what we started!
Now We Want To Bless You!
Another year, another Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. And some of the best things about this time of year is that it’s a time of gratitude, togetherness, and celebration.
I have teamed up with some pretty generous bloggers for the 9th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway to bless FIVE families this year. In the past we have had two winners for this giveaway, but this year we wanted to give to even more families – we are giving away $200 gift cards to 5 families! Each winner will get a $200 gift card to wherever they choose – a restaurant, clothing store, grocery store, online retailer – any place that offers gift cards!
There are lots of entry options in the Rafflecopter form below – the more you enter, the better your chance of winning! I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $200 worth it? I think it is! Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money towards the prizes, so this giveaway wouldn’t be possible without them. I hope you’ll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 23rd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering.