Give Christmas Away

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Timothy 6:18)

What if December looked different this year? What if we all just give this Christmas away?

That’s the question posed in a little book entitled Give This Christmas Away. It’s packed with loving and creative ways to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Here’s just a sampling of this “different kind of Christmas list”:

  • Got an extra shoebox? Take part in Operation Christmas Child and fill it with gifts for needy children.
  • Got a little extra turkey? Set an extra place at the Christmas dinner table and invite someone who has no place to go.
  • Snowbound? Put on your hat and mittens and shovel out an elderly neighbor’s driveway.
  • Sitting on the couch? Dig underneath the cushions and put what you find in a Salvation Army kettle.
  • Near an ATM? Withdraw some bills and have fun hiding ’em where people who need the money more than you do can find ’em.
  • Hitting the Starbucks drive-thru? Pay (and pray) for the person in line behind you.
  • Got some vacation time? Volunteer at a homeless shelter after Christmas, when they really need the help.
  • Preoccupied? Get off the computer, shut off the TV, put down your phone and give your friends and family the present of your presence.
  • Know any grinches? Give ’em a hug and wish ’em a Merry Christmas — you just might melt some icy hearts.

For other ways to bring joy to some of the more impoverished parts of the world this Christmas, click here.

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