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Table of Contents
Christmas, Part 1
Proclaim the Good News of the Birth of Our
Teach the Character Quality of Generosity
God's Gift List
How To Show Love and Generosity
Singing Is Easy!
Measure Match Memory Game
At Home Wellness
Noah's Ark Animal Workshop
Family Time Movies
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
We trust that your family will have a wonderful
celebrating Christ's birth.
Regardless of objectionable practices of past
Christmas observances, Christian families can focus on the true
reason for the celebration -- God's love in sending us a Savior!
This is an opportunity to teach spiritual truths to our children
and to share the same Good News to our world today that the
angels proclaimed 2,000 years ago.
Christmas and Our Culture
A poll recently released by Newsweek reveals some
statistics on how Americans view Jesus and his birth.
* Ninety-three percent of all Americans believe Jesus really
* Eighty-two percent see Jesus as God or the Son of God.
* Seventy-nine percent say they believe Jesus was conceived
the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin
* Sixty-seven percent of Americans think the entire Christmas
story is historically accurate, including
the virgin birth,
angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the
Bethlehem, and the wise men from the East.
As ambassadors for Christ, we can build on
of knowledge and belief by explaining to people why Christ was
born and how they can accept His free gift of salvation through
faith in Him.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God
were making an appeal through us;
we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled
Our Christmas Issues
In this issue we focus on the character quality
generosity and our opportunities for evangelism.
In the next issue we will discuss the story
of God's love.
We will also give some suggestions for last minute Christmas
preparations and after-Christmas activities.
We invite you to share your Christmas greetings
home-school families by sending us a photo; a paragraph with
highlights of your past year; and/or wishes, prayers, and
encouragement for fellow home-school families.
Your newsletter editors were both on "sick
week. We pray that you and yours will have a happy and healthy
holiday season. (Make sure your children scrub their hands well
after being out in public!)
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Proclaim the Good News
of the Birth of Our Savior
Christmastime is an excellent opportunity to
witness for Christ in your greetings to extended family,
neighbors, and co-workers. Your presentation of the good news
of God's gift may take many forms:
the Gospel in Your Cards and Letters
* Add a sentence to your card such as "May you know the
love, joy, and peace that comes from trusting
Savior, whose coming we celebrate at Christmas."
* Write out a verse such as John 3:16.
* Include Christmas tracts with all your Christmas cards.
* Look for attractive cards with biblical Christmas tidings
a Bible verse.
* If you mail or e-mail an annual family letter or newsletter,
include a personal testimony of the Lord's
working in your
life, your gratefulness for His salvation,
and a Bible
Everyone loves to hear the familiar Christmas
* Go caroling in your neighborhood, in a hospital or nursing
home, or to shut-ins.
* Go as a family or with another family or group.
* Include your testimony in just a couple of sentences
songs, briefly speak of the gospel message
in the songs,
and/or pass out Christmas tracts.
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Prepare a plate of goodies for your neighbors,
* Include a Christmas tract, a Scripture portion, or an
tape of a book of the Bible.
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Teach the Character Quality of Generosity
Generosity is part of a group of character
included in the broader category of love.
"We love, because he first loved us"
(1 John 4:19).
Explain to your children that we give gifts
at Christmas to
show our love for others, just as "God so loved the world and
gave his only begotten Son."
at Why We Should Be Generous
* Because God has been generous to us (Eph. 3:19-20).
* Because God tells us to (Luke 6:30, 38; Romans 12:8,
Eph. 4:28; Isa. 58:10-11; II Cor. 9:7).
* Because we are stewards of what He has given to us.
Study the characteristics of love and generosity
God says about them:
Wanting and doing the best for another, expecting
return. Also: compassion, affection, concern, caring, empathy,
See I Cor. 13; I John 3:17-18; Romans 12:9-10;
15:12-13; Phil. 2:1-4.
Gladly and unselfishly giving self, time,
and possessions. Also: sharing.
See II Cor. 9:7; I Tim. 6:18; II Cor. 8:1-5;
I Tim. 6:18.
Out What God Says about Giving
Read and study Bible passages that encourage
generosity. Start with the following.
__ Deut. 16:17
__ 1 Chron. 29:11-17
__ Prov. 11:24-25; 22:9
__ Matt. 25:35-40
__ Luke 6:38
__ Acts 20:35
__ Rom. 12:13
__ 2 Cor. 8:2-21; 9:5-15
__ Gal. 6:6
__ Heb. 6:10; 13:16
__ 1 Tim. 6:17-19
__ I John 3:17
What We Should Give
* We must thoughtfully consider the needs of others in order
meet those needs in a practical manner.
* We can be generous regardless of our financial situation
our ability to purchase gifts -- we have much
that we can
give: time, attention, conversation, work,
* When you give to those in need, do it in the name of
so that He gets the glory and others are pointed
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God's Gift List
Talk to your family about those to whom God
told us to give.
And remember everyone's greatest need is salvation. The greatest
love we can share is the good news of the Gospel!
Sometimes we fail to show our love and generosity
ones we love the most. Being aware of that possibility can help
to be more considerate of them and watch for opportunities to be
and Sisters in Christ
"A new commandment I give to you, that you
love one another,
even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By
all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for
one another" (John 13:34, 35).
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
Needy and Unlovely
God loved us when we were unlovely to Him (Rom.
He asks us to love and give to prisoners; widows and orphans;
the poor, handicapped, hungry, thirsty, or sick; strangers, those
in need of clothing, and those that cannot return our gifts. (See
James 1:27; Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 25:34-46.)
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison
with them, and
those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the
body" (Hebrews 13:3).
"If you love those who love you, what credit
is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them" (Luke 6:32).
* Look for someone that you would not naturally show love
and do so for the Lord's sake.
* Find a practical way to meet their need.
Who Have Done Us Wrong
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies,
good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:27, 28).
Only by the love of God flowing through us
can we be
generous to those who have wronged or hurt us. But that is the
Lord's way (Eph. 4:32).
* A simple card or small gift can make all the difference
strained relationship by showing forgiveness
Workers and Missionaries
"The elders who rule well are to be considered
double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and
teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17).
* Find out the needs of your pastor and the missionaries
support (maybe something above their regular
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How To Show Love and Generosity
Discuss ways to meet the different needs of
people. At this
time of the year the message of Christ can be presented in a
practical way as you show God's love through your love.
"Little children, let us not love with word
tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18).
There are several ways that you may become
aware of the
needs of others and give to them. Here are some suggestions for
showing generosity at Christmas and all year long.
Some people need the material necessities of
"If a brother or sister is without clothing
need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in
peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not
give them what is necessary for their body, what use is
that?" (James 2:16).
* Prepare a basket of food for a needy family.
* Give clothing.
* Help pay for housing, utilities, or transportation.
* If you do not know someone that lacks these necessities,
may give through your local church, an example
given to us
in Scripture. (See Acts 6:1-7.)
* You may give through an organization that ministers to
with whom you would not come into direct contact,
a rescue mission, crisis pregnancy center,
or foreign mission.
Greeting Cards or Letters
A Christian card is a way to show thoughtfulness
especially to those who are distant to us or not in our present
circle of intimate friends (remember to consider "God's gift
* Find instructions to make cards using a variety of materials
and techniques at:
* Write a poem about Christ's coming and it's meaning to
See poetry writing instruction and tips at
* Use your best penmanship to copy the words of a Christmas
carol in your handmade Christmas cards and
* An "old-fashioned" hand-written letter can be (and usually
is) kept and cherished for life.
* A printed or e-mailed family letter or newsletter sent
annually is a good way to catch everyone up
on your news.
* Add a personal note or inquiry about the recipient with
card or letter to personalize it.
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Out and Call Someone
It is always very warm and personal to hear
a voice. Your
call can give others a special lift at this time.
Phone calls are very inexpensive now.
You can call a friend
across the country and have a 20-minute visit for under $1. In
fact a call often costs less than buying and mailing a card.
* Buy a calling card (as low as 3 cents per minute) and
just for these special calls.
* You can make a call instead of sending a card or letter,
in addition to your written communication.
* Schedule a block of time to make several calls each day
those who would appreciate hearing from you.
* Be sure to include those who may have been neglected
* As with all of these suggestions, do this throughout
Time spent together focusing on someone, his
needs, and his
interests is a genuine act of love.
* Look for those who need friendship and companionship,
spend some time with them.
* Invite a neighbor in for a cup of tea.
* Visit a shut-in and ask him to share something with you
* When visiting a nursing home or shut-in, take a small
See suggestions for appropriate gifts at
* When visiting a nursing home or shut-in, take time to
few carols or hymns and read a Scripture passage.
* Look for opportunities to have fellowship with another
Christian family. Share a meal, an outing,
a study, a
ministry, a sing, a workday, etc.
* Invite an unsaved family to your home between Christmas
New Year's. Pray that you will be be
able to make a clear
presentation of the gospel to them and that
they will respond
in saving faith.
* Find a family or person who is in need or lonely and
them to share a meal, an evening, or a day
Acts of Service
Serving the needs of another is often the best
* Check to see if you can help a shut-in or your pastor
running an errand or doing something he doesn't
time or ability to do.
* Help serve a meal at a rescue mission.
It really is the thought that counts -- your
not need to be large or expensive to be valued as a
tangible expression of your affection.
* Small purchased or handmade gifts that show your
thoughtfulness could include flowers, a pen
a hair clip or piece of jewelry, a pot holder,
a wallet, an item to add to a favorite collection,
photo, bookmark, handkerchief, favorite food,
* Carefully selected books, books on tape, music, or videos
can be accompanied by a note about how much
enjoyed the same item and your hope that it
meaningful to the recipient as well.
* Gift baskets can be personalized with a variety of items
related to a theme and given to a whole family
* Copy and decorate a poem (Christmas carol or your own
original poem) along with a related Scripture
passage in a
frame or on a bookmark.
* Festively wrap homemade foods and/or nuts and fruits.
Whatever you do for others, both during the
throughout the year, do it with all your heart for the Lord.
will receive more than you give.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive"
"God loves a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians
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God Loves You.
Because we have been separated from God by
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
"For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
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