Christmas is an ideal time of the year to strike up a Christ-centered conversation with the people around us. Here are 12 ideas of how we can do this with our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and loved ones.
First day: Invite your neighbor(s) and their children to a gingerbread cookie bake. Tell the mom you are going to share the story of Jesus’s birth during that time.
Second day: Ask a loved one, “What do you suppose the song, ‘Joy to the World’ means when it says, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room …”
Third day: Invite friends to go see the lights at “LaSalette” in Enfield, NH (or the Christmas lights around your neighborhood). As you are riding in the car, ask them about Christmas. Discuss the manger scene.
Fourth day: Find a family in town that has small children and is in need. Bring them a small gift for Christmas and tell them about the love of Jesus Christ.
Fifth day: Put a Gospel tract in your Christmas cards.
Sixth day: Next time you are shopping, find a frazzled person that appears stressed out. Tell them that Jesus came to bring “peace on earth.” Ask them if you can pray with them that they would experience the peace of Christ.
Seventh day: Find a group of Christians to go caroling with you. After you sing a few carols at someone’s home, give an invitation to the church or an invitation to your home fellowship.
Eighth day: Invite someone to the Christmas Eve service at the church.
Ninth day: Shovel the walk for your neighbor. Tell them that the love of Christ compels you and that you wanted to do it because you are joyful about salvation in Christ (read the heraldry from the angels, Luke 2:8-14).
Tenth day: Visit a local nursing home. Ask the staff if there is anyone there that may want to be encouraged and may be looking for visitors. After you visit for a while, leave them something to read, such as the Gospel of John.
Eleventh day: Invite people to your home for a “reading of the Christmas story” fellowship that will be accompanied by coffee, hot cocoa (or cider) and dessert.
Twelfth day: Ask someone, “What is the meaning of the word “Immanuel?” and, “Why does Immanuel have to rescue captive Israel (in accordance with the song). Post the YouTube video “O Come O Come Emmanuel” on your Facebook site and ask your friends to post comments on the meaning of the lyrics.
This is not the time to get into arguments about the commercialism of Christmas or about other secular traditions surrounding the Advent. Instead, do your best to keep your conversations focused on Jesus Christ.
I hope this will help you in your ministry of reconciliation.