In this issue we offer suggestions for your family as you prepare for Christmas.
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.
This is how God showed his love among us:
He has sent His one and only Son into the world
that we might live through Him.
In this is love: not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
(1 John 4:9-10)
May the Lord bless your family for His glory.
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a homeschool, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.
1. Proclaiming the Good News
Regardless of objectionable practices of past and present Christmas observances, Christian families can focus on the true reason for the celebration – God’s love in sending us a Savior!
Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
By no means! Christmas is the
primary Christian holiday celebrating the
birth of Jesus Christ the Lord.
However, there is no indication that
Christ was born on December 25, and there is
no instruction or example in Scripture of
celebrating His birth. Further, the
celebration of Christmas did originate from a
pagan winter festival and various customs
Yet today the content of Christmas is a
celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the
Lord. The old pagan roots of Christmas
are no longer remembered or associated with
Christians’ observance of this day.
Christmas provides a unique opportunity
for Christians to proclaim to the world the
good news that a Savior has come – Jesus
Christ the Lord!
5 Ways To Proclaim the Good News
At Christmas time, it is appropriate to
include a witness for Christ in our greetings
to extended family, neighbors, and co-workers
in keeping with the holiday. We have a
ready-made opportunity to explain the Good
News of the Gospel.
Your presentation of the good news of
God’s gift may take many forms, such as those below.
1. Hand Out Gospel Tracts
These Gospel Tracts use Scripture to show that
Jesus came to die for man’s sin and invite
readers to accept Him.
• The Greatest Gift
• Jesus, The Real Meaning of Christmas
• The Best Gift of All (for children)
• More Christmas Tracts
Pocket Testament League offers low-priced copies of the Gospel of John with many different Bible translations, languages, and cover designs. All versions contain the plan of salvation and an opportunity to sign up for a free correspondence course.
“The best gift you can give is the gift of God’s promise of eternal life through faith in Christ. And God’s Word explains it better than human words can.
“Giving a Gospel of John is the easiest way possible to share your faith at a time of year when so many people are open to the message of God’s love and forgiveness.” –Pocket Testament League.
2. Include the Gospel in Your Cards and Letters
cards with a biblical message and/or Bible
verse (order Christian Christmas Cards), write out a verse such as John 3:16,
or include Christmas tracts (see above) with all your
you mail or email an annual family letter,
include a personal testimony of the Lord’s
working in your life, your gratefulness for
His salvation, and a Bible verse.
3. eCards & Online
If you send ecards (Crosscards) or if you have a website or other
online presence (such as Facebook or a blog), you can include a message
and/or link to the Gospel, such as the following.
• Scripture: The gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) To all who received Him, to those who
believed in His name, He gave the right to
become children of God. (John 1:12)
to online information and video:
“Have you accepted the most precious gift
anyone could ever give you? Read
more.” (link to http://christiananswers.net/godstory/prayer1.html)
“Watch a free on-line video which clearly
explains how Jesus Christ was born and
why – starting at the very beginning,
at the dawn of Creation. Watch The
Hope, an 80-minute streaming video.” (link to
4. Give Christmas Goodies Plus a Gospel Message
Prepare a plate of baked goodies or a basket of fruit for your neighbors, friends, and/or family and include a Christmas tract or a Scripture portion (see above).
5. Go Christmas Caroling
Everyone loves to hear the familiar
caroling in your neighborhood, in a hospital
or nursing home, or to shut-ins from your church.
as a family or with another family or a group.
your testimony in just a couple of sentences
between songs, briefly speak of the gospel
message in the songs, and/or pass out
• Print 4-page Booklet of 14 Christmas carols to take with you caroling, or Carols by Candlelight, a Gospel message with words for carols, that you can give to those you sing to.
Affecting Our Culture
Christians’ celebration of a Christ-centered
Christmas is a testimony to all around us and
can have an impact on our culture today.
Most people do not object to the religious aspects of Christmas – only a small minority do.
Some Christian organizations are working
to keep the Christian emphasis in our public
celebration of Christmas in various ways,
such as the following.
Steven W. Fitschen, president of The National Legal Foundation explains the right to display Nativity scenes on public property.
Liberty Counsel has helped overturn a number of anti-Christmas decisions, including nativity scenes banned from public property, elderly residents who were banned from singing Christmas carols in their senior living centers, religious words that were censored from Christmas carols by school officials, etc.
The Use of “Christmas” in the Marketplace
Liberty Counsel and American Family Assoc. have prepared lists of retailers for people who want to patronize and encourage companies who acknowledge Christmas, and avoid those that do not, in order to help ensure that Christmas does not get secularized or censored from its essence – the birth of Jesus Christ.
2. Teaching 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
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.
Look at Why We Should Be Generous
God has been generous to us (Eph. 3:19-20).
God tells us to (Luke 6:30, 38; Romans 12:8,
13; Eph. 4:28; Isa. 58:10-11; II Cor. 9:7).
we are stewards of what He has given to us.
Study the characteristics of love and
generosity and what God says about
“Wanting and doing the best for another,
expecting nothing in return.” Also:
compassion, affection, concern, caring,
See I Cor. 13; I John 3:17-18; Romans
12:9-10; John 15:12-13; Phil. 2:1-4.
“Gladly and unselfishly giving self, time,
talents, money, and possessions.” Also:
See II Cor. 9:7; I Tim. 6:18; II Cor.
8:1-5; Heb. 13:16; I Tim. 6:18.
Find Out What God Says about Giving
Read and study Bible passages that encourage Christian generosity. Start with the following.
• Deut. 16:17 • 1 Chronicles 29:11-17
• Proverbs 11:24-25; 22:9 • Matthew 25:35-40
• Luke 6:38 • Acts 20:35
• Romans 12:13 • 2 Corinthians 8:2-21; 9:5-15
• Galatians 6:6 • 1 Timothy 6:17-19
• Hebrews 6:10; 13:16 • I John 3:17
Discuss What We Should Give
must thoughtfully consider the needs of
others in order to meet those needs in a
can be generous regardless of our financial
situation and our ability to purchase gifts
– we have much that we can give: time,
attention, conversation, work, service, etc.
you give to those in need, do it in the name
of the Lord so that He gets the glory and
others are pointed to Him.
3. Giving To Meet Needs
Christmas is a time of giving, modeled on
God’s great gift to us. Teach your family how
giving pleases the Lord.
• Model a
free and happy generosity.
your child to be thoughtful of those in need
and understand how to meet their needs.
God’s Gift List
Talk to your family about those God
told us to give to: prisoners; widows and
orphans; our “neighbors”; 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
Let us not love with word or with tongue,
but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:1)
Types of Gifts
Discuss ways to meet the different needs
need material things. Give food, clothes, or
money for housing, utilities, or
transportation to a needy family or
need friendship, companionship, time, or
service. Make a short visit to a nursing
home, take a meal or a “tea party” to a
shut-in from your church, or help serve a
meal at a rescue mission.
How To Reach the Needy
There are several ways that you may become
aware of the needs of others and give to
may know someone to give to directly. This
may be extended family, neighbors, friends,
or acquaintances. (See the story of the
Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37.)
may give through your local church, such as a benevolent fund. An
example given to us in Scripture. (See
may give through an organization that
ministers in parts of the world with which
you would not come into contact, such as the following.
• Persecuted Christian Worldwide. Through Open Doors you can make a world of difference in the life of a persecuted Christian by providing for their greatest needs.
• The Homeless. Gospel Rescue Missions present the Gospel,
as well as provide emergency food and
shelter, youth and family services,
rehabilitation programs for the addicted,
education and job training programs, and
assistance to the elderly, poor, and at-risk
youth. See a directory of missions and “Eight
Ways to Truly Help the Homeless” (including
precautions for your family’s safety).
You can also make up Care Kits, a simple way to provide practical help to a homeless man or woman. Keep some in your car so you’re prepared to offer to a person in need.
• Prisoners and Their Families. Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree provides prisoners’ children Christmas gifts.
• Homeschoolers in Need. HSLDA Compassion (formerly Home School Foundation) helps needy homeschooling families through hard times.
He who is generous will be blessed, For
he gives some of his food to the poor.
Hospitality is a gift that money cannot
buy, and it is something that God tells us to
give to others (Romans 12:13). You do
not need to do an elaborate dinner or party.
a neighbor in for tea or coffee.
not wait until your house looks “perfect” to
Always Include the Best Gift
love will offer the best gift, the Good News
of salvation, along with any gift that
ministers to physical needs (Acts 3:6).
in the name of the Lord so that He gets the
glory and others are pointed to Him.
Unit Studies, Ebooks, Advent Calendars & Activities
The following free online resources can help you use this season to teach your children and build family traditions.
Also see 86 pins on The Teaching Home’s Christmas Pinterest Page for more resources, plus art and craft projects.
Christmas Unit Studies
A Blessed Christmas Unit Study. This unit study is about the symbols of Christmas – each one pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ. The entire focus is on Christ, His character, our service to Him, and our opportunity to spread His light to others. This 24-day study has been expanded with many activities. 49-pages.
• Free pdf ebook
• Free online html version
• Free original, short html version
The Names of Jesus Unit Study. Each of 24 days you will study one of the Names of Jesus. Includes Bible and character study, learning activities, a Christmas Journal, and more.
• Free 149-page version, .doc format
• Free html version
• Free original, short html version
• Print Names of Jesus Ornaments.
Good Christian Men Rejoice! This unit is a study of 15 Christmas carols and hymns with learning activities.
• Free html version
• Free original, short html version
Amazing Grace. This Christmas unit is recommended for PreK – 5th+. It has been designed to be completed in four weeks. Teaches about Jesus and God’s gift of amazing grace.
• Free html version
Christmas Around the World. Information, activities, recipes, coloring pages, etc. Includes Japan, Australia, Egypt, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, and Colonial America. Not overtly Christian, but nothing objectionable. 46 pages.
• Free pdf ebook
Related: Homeschooling in Detroit.com presents another virtual theme unit, Christmas Around the World
• Free 32-page pdf ebook with printables.
More Related Freebies: Dozens of Christmas and Winter Activities and Lessons from FreeUnitStudies.com
Somebody Loves Me – I Wonder Who?
At breakfast one morning, Blake, 3, wrinkled his brow and
asked, “Who’s Howie at church?”
Puzzled, my husband and I looked at each other.
“You know,” he continued, “the one who loves us?”
We were stumped. We didn’t know any Howie until Blake went
on to sing, “Oh, Howie loves you and me. . . .”
Submitted by Valori C., Wisconsin. Send your humorous anecdote to email@example.com.
Peace with God. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) See Billy Graham’s Steps to Peace with God.
Christmas Tracts from Crossway and Gospels of John in many languages (attractive covers) with plan of salvation from Pocket Testament League.
God’s Word. Immerse your family in God’s truth through systematic reading and study of God’s Word. Free Bible App from Bible Gateway.
Christian Music Online 24-7 including Christmas music. Abiding Radio (Free App).
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