How can we help families think differently about Christmas?

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Today’s guest post is from Tim Galleher, Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California. Saratoga was part of the 2011 Sticky Faith Cohort.

This year we’re trying something new in Advent. Our High School group, LifeHouse, invited parents to attend the Sunday student service.  

This was not a “parent meeting,” but a worship service; an opportunity for students and their parents to worship Jesus together. We began a series based on The Advent Conspiracy aimed at helping us to learn how to think differently about Christmas. Our challenge is to put aside the worship of “stuff” and instead worship the King of Kings.  

After we heard from our students about how they have been challenged to change the way they look at Christmas, we gathered together to discuss how families can glorify God in the way we celebrate Christmas. Here are some of the questions that we talked about:

  • Which of our family traditions bring the most glory to Jesus at Christmas time?
  • Are there traditions that might be a distraction to the meaning of Christmas?
  • What kinds of new things can we try this year to bring the focus back to Christ?
  • What is one thing you will challenge your family to do differently this year?

The themes of the Advent Conspiracy are “Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.” That is what we are trying to do this Christmas. Worship Jesus, spend less on gifts and presents and give more by giving our presence, not presents. And we are striving to love those in this world who need help during this Christmas season.  

How are you helping families in your community look differently at Christmas this year? And how are students leading the way?


Published Dec 14, 2012
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