Sharing Christ With Others Through Tradition

We recently had a Christmas party for the women on staff with our ministry during which we had a fun time brainstorming ways to use this joyful season to share the gospel as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. I thought I’d share a few of the ideas that we had, and it would be so great if you could share your ideas as well! Let’s not only celebrate Jesus with our families and friends this Christmas, but let’s help others have the opportunity to truly celebrate Him as well!

Some fun ways to share the love of Christ during the Christmas season:

-Bake cookies for your neighbors and put a Bible verse on the card. As you deliver the cookies take the opportunity to get to know your neighbors a bit more and share the significance of Christmas with them if it is a foreign holiday, and if it is not foreign to them, share its’ personal significance to you. Be sure to ask them how they celebrate Christmas if it is celebrated in your host culture, and if it is not, ask them about a religious holiday that they might celebrate. Use the conversation about traditions to find out their religious background and to share the gospel. (Perhaps deliver packaged tea or candies if you don’t know your neighbors well and think that they might not eat cookies made by a stranger).

– Host a Christmas party for the kids in your neighborhood or in your kid’s class at school. Many parents, even if they aren’t Christian, will be happy to let their kids go to a party where they will have fun and learn about a different culture. Christmas cookie decorating is a big hit and is a fun piece of American culture to share. Also making gingerbread houses (or you can pre-make them and have the kids do the decorating) is a fun party activity. You can use rectangular cookies if you don’t have gingerbread and don’t want to go to the trouble of making it.  Making Christmas ornaments is also fun.  Be sure of course to share the story of Christmas! For those of you familiar with the Jesus Film, there is also The Jesus Film For Kids if you have access to it in your language. It has been highly translated.

-Have a Jesus Film party. This film is translated into almost every language and is a great film to show at a Christmas outreach. You can structure a party or gathering around the film. If there are few movies actually translated into the native tongue of your host culture, this film will be all the more exciting to those who see it. We have heard stories of people pirating the film in the Muslim regions of my host country simply because it is the only film in their native language! You can use other Christmas movies too for the sake of entertainment and use them as a platform for discussion about the true meaning of Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Life would be a good movie to use, or a variety of others, though this would leave much less time to focus on Jesus since the bulk of the time would be spent watching the film.

-Invite some women over to bake Christmas cookies with you. Use the time to share the significance of the Christmas holiday in your life and why you celebrate it. Use the informal time to get to know them better and what they think about Jesus and spiritual things.

-Throw a birthday party for Jesus. Little kids especially LOVE birthdays, and what a better way to help them understand the meaning of Christmas than celebrating Christmas for what it is, Jesus’ birthday! This is of course as easy as throwing any other birthday party, and you can share the story of Jesus’ birth in any number of ways.

Now it’s your turn! Please share some things that you have done or would like to do to share the love of Christ and meaning of Christmas this season! Your ideas and suggestions will be a blessing and help to others and just might be the cause of the gospel reaching people this season that it otherwise wouldn’t have!

(Post by: Ashley)


3 Responses to “Sharing Christ With Others Through Tradition”

  1. 1 Ana December 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm


    I love your ideas! specially the one about throwing Jesus a birthday party! that would be amazing!

    In the past we’ve had women groups come and share our favorite holiday recipes we’ve made kitchen globes and aprons with Christmas motifs… and we’ve also had a Movie night with a Nativity story …and we’ve called a bunch of people to come help us decorate our Christmas tree.

    This year, we are taking a break so Christmas will be very personal and potentially boring haha.

  2. 2 Kylene Bak December 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

    We recently invited all of our neighbors in the staircase of our apartment over for glogg and aebleskiver (they are like round ball pancakes) a very traditional danish christmas treat. We have done this the past two years in our old apartment building but now it was time to try it in our new place. I was not sure how many would actually show up because it can be a little out of there comfort zone for a danish person to go to a strangers home. But we have been pleasantly surprised. We had 3 people come and 2 that said she would have liked to but she had to work. The others are a bit older so it could have been difficult for them to come up the stairs to our 4th floor apartment. But we had a lovely time and one of our neighbors stayed the whole afternoon.It was a great time and a good way for us to meet them and they could get to know us a little bit better.
    I do like the idea of of baking cookies and giving a christmas card with a verse on it. Its a good way to share Jesus with your neighbors. Sometimes I am good at thinking of kind things to do but it is the actually sharing the message of Jesus with them verbally that can be challenging.
    I also really like the birthday party for Jesus. I think we will do that on Christmas day with the international students that are not able to go home for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

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