Christmas spirit. We heard this term often, but do we really stop to consider what it looks like or feels like? I know that for most people, the Christmas season is spent with shopping lists, purchases, parties, wrapping and longing for the season to pass to get back to a normalcy to live.
Several years ago, our family took a step back and evaluated the Christmas season and what it looked like to our family. It was during that time that we replaced our tree with a manger. It seemed like a perfect solution for our young family to keep the reason of the season in front of us, as we made some transitions.
7 Ways to Spread the Christmas Spirit
I don’t know many people who don’t love Christmas. In fact, I know quite a few that get so excited about decorations, lights, baking, gift giving and more long before the weather even really changes.
As a Christian, I love to see people getting excited about the season that is related to the birth of our Savior, but many times He is forgotten in the celebrations.
It is a family focus of ours to do what we can do to help spread the Christmas spirit, you know the reason of the season, to those that are within our path to reach.
If you are like our family, and you desire to really make the most of this season to bring joy into other’s lives, you will love these family fun ideas to spread the Christmas spirit each holiday.
Give Baked Goods to Your Neighbors
As long as I can remember, making baked goods for others is a part of my history. When we bought our first home, I was eager to pass on this tradition with our own neighbors and share some of the goodness of the season with those that often times can be strangers.
It is simple to do.
Just purchase some heavy duty red plastic plates and plastic wrap, and added a few types of baked goods to each plate for the number of houses that you want to bless. Add a little note to each, and deliver it. There is no need for them to return any dishes!
Go Christmas Caroling
I remember Christmas caroling when I was a teenager. I loved it!
A few years ago, my family church went caroling in our neighbor. We delivered baked goods at the same time, along with an invite to join us for church.
We actually have good friends because of it!
I remember one family actually said, “I didn’t realize people actually do this!” Then they tipped up. We just added it to the church funds.
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Our daughter cooks for the homeless once a month, and loves it. There are always opportunities to volunteer within your community. Seek out a church that does outreach opportunities and ask for referrals for places you, too, can serve.
Donate Toys, Food or Clothes to the Needy
Donating is a wonderful way to spread the Christmas spirit. There are a lot of ministries that do this thing, but if you know of someone personally, why not just purchase them somethings and drop it off on their porch in a box, without a note.
We did this before, and it was one of the best things we did as a family.
Visit an Elderly Person Your Family Knows
We are blessed to be in a church that has many older people in the congregation.
Our culture is so busy for them, and they love how much we enjoy to just sit and visit with them. Hearing stories of their childhood, and hardships are the highlight of our time together.
You may be surprised just how much spirit this one thing can give to you, and to them!
Invite Your Friends, Family and Neighbors to Church
I’m often convicted that I don’t enough to spread His joy to others. Christmas is the perfect time to invite others to church, because it is the one time of the year where Christ gets some thought. The season alone often softens the hardest of hearts.
Did you know that most people who don’t attend church would be open to attending but they often don’t know where to go, or feel welcomed?
You can make a big difference with an invite!
Acknowledge Those that Keep Christ in Christmas
Our family enjoys a Nativity Scavenger Hunt each year (I share the printable for free). A reader emailed me and told me that they have a tradition of acknowledging those who keep Christ in Christmas by displaying a manger, or nativity scene. She was sweet enough to let me share this idea with you.
I created a free printable for you to carry on this wonderful tradition with your own family! Get yours here: Christ In Christmas!
In the end, it is people who carry the Christmas spirit and it is our responsibility to demonstrate the love, joy and peace that makes this season so special.
The more we do for others, the more His light will shine during this season and the rest of the year.