“Just Christmas”

Just ChristmasOur Church is involved in something called “Just Christmas”.  The idea is to have a more simple and less materialistic Christmas whilst remembering its true meaning, giving money you would have spent on presents away.  To be honest we have struggled with it as a family and I suspect as a church, but after a congregational survey the church have stuck with it.  Its very difficult to break away from the materialistic feast that Christmas has become, especially if you have children.

One way to create a “Just Christmas” is to make your own gifts and our connect group (home group) had a go at this last week.  Having floated the idea and asked for volunteers we were pleasantly surprised at how much talent we had in the group.

We tried four activities.

Making boxes and bags (this involved braiding).

braids bags and boxes

braids, bags and boxes

Jam making.

jam making

jam making

Making beads.  These are made from torn up magazines dipped in glue wound round a spindle (a kiddies paintbrush handle).

Beads made from old magazines

Beads made from old magazines

Candlemaking (meant to be red but turned out a bit pink).

Candles

Candles

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to do the same and have a more “Just Christmas”.  As we wrote in our book we are going to have to make do with less material goods in the future and making presents yourself will become necessary, but its also fun to do, especially as a group.  Another way to have a “Just Christmas” is to invite someone for a meal this Christmas who may not have somewhere to go.

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Happy advent.

Neil

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