Do Something Different This Year!
Every year millions of cards are shared around the world. While you spend your precious time searching for just the right design, picking up one card after another, battling the lady in the aisle that separates you from the card you want and weaving in and out of the way of others until ultimately you settle for one that seems to portray your heart (decently enough).
All for what?
To present a card that will be appreciated for approximately 30 seconds. We all know the recipient will likely only take a moment to read it just to be polite. And ultimately the sad reality remains that nearly all of the cards you gift this season will end up in a drawer or trash can, even if you just sent out the run of the mill "buy it by the box" set of cards. It's down right wasteful!
Instead Give Something Your Friends and Family Can Actually Use!
This adorable nativity scene notebook (found here) is the perfect way to ensure that we keep Jesus at the center of our celebration, while also giving a practical gift that will be useful and visible, as opposed to the drawer of hidden cards (we all have at least one). And if you don't have one we know where you put yours!
Start A New Tradition
Looking for a fun way to do a little something special this Christmas? Everyone is familiar with the white elephant gift exchange and all the various versions, but notebooks offer a unique opportunity to share something that is both meaningful and practical.
Christmas Notebook Gift Exchange
Encourage each participant to bring a notebook and create a notebook themed gift exchange with the same rules you would apply to white elephant. If you need a refresher on the rules click here. You could expand it to include journals, devotionals, etc. See options here. You may choose to set parameters like it must be Christmas themed or blank on the inside or whatever you and your family agree upon. This is an affordable game that is fun for all ages! That's right! Let the young ones get in on the action, too! Maybe the kids will exchange Christian themed activity books like one of these: Click here or here.
If you're looking for something more personal - encourage each participant or family unit to bring a notebook where they have either included a photo of their family on the inside cover or written a little message or both. Draw names to see who exchanges with who. If you'd like to take some time to sit around and share what each family has written on the inside that would be an extra special time!
Ideas to include in your message:
Christmas Card Alternative
Oftentimes Christmas celebrations revolve so much around toys for the kids and filling up on good food. While both of those things are wonderful and blessings to be enjoyed, perhaps one of the above options will help slow things down and present an opportunity to reflect on Jesus and quality family time. That is our prayer for you this Christmas.
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However you choose to celebrate this upcoming Christmas remember one thing:
Jesus is the Reason for the Season
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