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The other day my husband told me a story about a woman who reported her missing German Shepherd on our Ring Neighborhood App. Within hours, people were reporting sightings of the dog. By the end of the day, the dog was safely reunited with her owner because of a community of people who chose to help. The owner posted her gratitude on the app.
She wrote, “Thanks to you, my Hope has been found.”
How fitting that the dog’s name was Hope – as hope is precisely what was found that day, in more ways than one!
In a world with increasing stories of people acting selfishly, angrily, and violently, we need more stories like the above. Stories where people are helping others, building community, and breathing hope into the hearts of those who feel that hope is lost.
With that in mind, today I am sharing 6 simple Christmas acts of kindness you can do with your family that are inspired by the hope that we have in Christ. Since Christmas is when Jesus came, this is the perfect time to share His light and love with others!
Meal for Pastor
The Christmas season is often the busiest one for the men and women who work in the church. Extra events and services to attend and/or plan can make getting a good meal on the table difficult. Lighten the load of your pastor and your pastor’s family by offering to bring a meal one night during the month of December.
Not sure what to bring? Try my easy and delicious Chicken Bruschetta Casserole or my famous Friendship Casserole. Have your kids stick some of these FREE Printable Christmas Joke Cards on the food items before you drop it off!
Candy Cane Legend
Bring hope to others by sharing the Gospel using this simple illustration found HERE. Attach the FREE Printable poem to candy canes and then have your kids pass them out to everyone you meet – the grocery store clerk, the bank teller, teachers, etc.
Paper Prayer Chain
Gather up some red and green construction paper, cut into strips and brainstorm a list of 25 people who your family wants to pray for throughout the month of December. Write one name per strip of paper. Staple the strips together and use as a decoration in your home as you take one link down each night before bed to lift the named person up in prayer. Don’t forget to tell the person that you prayed for them!
Christmas Eve Invitation
Have your kids make invitations to your church’s Christmas Eve service and then choose who you would like to invite. Pack a plate of Christmas treats (THESE are my favorite and fun to make with kids!) and deliver along with your invitation. Promise to save them a seat!
Nativity Ding Dong Ditch
Click HERE for a fun and easy way to bless a family with the Christmas Story continuously during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Simply print the nativity cards and coordinating poems and deliver one each day to the recipient’s doorstep. Make sure to ring the doorbell and then run away! This kind of Ding Dong Ditching is allowed and appreciated. 😉
Give a Bible
Finally, Psalm 119:114 says, “You are my refuge and my shield; your Word is my source of hope.” If we want to truly bring hope to others, I can’t think of a better act of kindness this Christmas than to give someone the gift of God’s Word – the Bible!
One of our favorite Bibles for kids is The Beginner’s Bible. You can read all about the classic version of The Beginner’s Bible, which has been helping kids build their faith for almost 30 years, in THIS POST, but today I am featuring the brand new beautiful Beginner’s Bible Gift Edition that has a larger trim size, larger illustrations, and a gorgeous cover that gleams with foil!
Simply add a bow to this beautiful Bible and gift it to the young person in your world who needs God’s Word as their source of true and lasting hope.
I have partnered with the wonderful people at Zonderkidz to bring you a special Christmas giveaway today! The winner will receive TWO copies of The Beginner’s Bible Gift Edition! One to keep and one to give away as a special Christmas act of kindness!
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Simply leave a comment below sharing WHO you would give your 2nd copy of The Beginner’s Bible Gift Edition to and WHY you WOULD CHOOSE them.
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I can’t wait to hear how you are going to share the hope that you have found in Jesus with others this Christmas!
We would give one of the Bible’s to a girl who comes to our church occasionally, Mia. She and her parents do not know the Lord.
Our 5 year old Grandson TJ cause we love him & would you believe he knows the Apostles Creed by heart.
I would give the first to my granddaughter and the second one to Angel Tree
I would donate the second copy to a child in foster care. We are foster parents, and these kids come to us with so little to call their own!
My grandkids would love this Bible and we would put the 2nd copy in the bag of gifts that we are purchasing for a family at our local school.
I would give one to my niece who is 15 months
We would give another copy to our cousins because we love them! 😊
I would gift to my cousin for her little ones!
There was a new little boy in children’s church yesterday. He has been in foster care with another family a few counties away and is now in the process of adoption by a family in our church. I would give a copy of this Bible to him as he seemed eager and attentive to learn about Jesus.
This Bible was my now special needs 12 year old sons first and favorite. I would love to gift both to special needs children at our church.
Many need God’s Word: A new Christ centered Daycare, My Little Library, Shoe Bx. Ministry, Welcome New baby – start early reading God’s word.
I would give one copy to a little girl at my church who’s been having a hard time adjusting to life after being touched by a childhood friend. The other copy I would give to my daughter who just found her love of God after being admitted into a mental health facility. They both need God now more than everz
I would share with my beautiful 5 year old granddaughter. Thank you!!!
Mary Beth Sisco
I would definitely give it to my oldest grandson, Luca Jude. He is 5 and has such a kind heart. His older sister has a Bible and loves to read stories to him but he so wants his own Bible!
Great post. I would give it to my granddaughter. I don’t think she has one yet.
Beth H Galvin
I would give a copy to my nephew. He and his mom are just beginning their walk with Jesus.
One I would give to a family that has small children and need to have the word in their home. I would give the other to my grandchildren, To my knowledge they do not have one.
Thanks for sharing all the great ideas! I would give the Bible to a family with 5 kiddos who live in the community near our church. Their grandparents brought them to church twice in the fall, but they live across the country. Their wish for their grandkids, is that they are brought to church. We have been reaching out and planting some seeds, but this Bible certainly help our outreach.
I would gift this to my nephew! He loves going to church right now and I think this bible would excite him even more. I would love to help nurture his faith while he’s young.
I would give a copy to my neighbor kiddos.
Actually just talking to my sister in law who talks to my two niece’s about the bible and they go to church are in need of a children’s bible for the girls.. would be an answer to prayer.. Thanks Vikki
Hello ☀️ I would give it to our neighbors who have two children the same age as ours!
Mary A Seale
I would give it to a new family who just started attending our church. The kids have not been to church or Sunday school before.
We would give one to our friends with 3 babies under age 2. We meet for play dates regularly and have recently been working through your beautiful advent calendar together. It’s been so much fun to watch the little ones absorb so much. These illustrations would be a hit in our house!
I would give one to my sister in laws foster daughter. We don’t know how long she will be with my sister in law but wherever she goes she can take her Bible!
My sister and her three kids to remind them of our Father’s love.
Hi! Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! I would give my second copy to my 7-year-old daughter’s friend. The friend is on her grade at school and has been coming to our church on a semi-regular basis for a few months now. They are newish Christians, and I see Mom in the crossroads, trying to decide if it’s worth her time. I think this could be a good way to engage my daughter’s friend and get discussions started at home. My daughter would love to be able to share it with her friend!
I would give the second copy to a boy who comes to our church for Awana that recently lost his Mom.
Happy Home Fairy
Hi Jennifer! You are the winner! I am grateful that this young boy will have the hope of God’s Word. Please email me your address! God bless you!
What a sweet giveaway! Thank you! I would give one to my granddaughter, and one to my neighbor’s daughter!❤️
We would give one to the little girl in our apartment complex. Her mom is a single mom working 2 jobs and she’s often unable to take her to church. They love to read books together and this would bless and encourage them!
I would give the second copy to my grand daughter who is in Japan, because I want her to learn about God.
Robert J Nash
I would give a copy to my niece Anna.
The family next door (unchurched) has three precious children…..two who are older and will be receiving Bibles from us that are more age-appropriate. The youngest child is four, and “The Beginner’s Bible” would be a wonderful gift to introduce the Gospel to him. Since his parents read to him, they would also be hearing God’s Word. I only need one “Beginner’s Bible”, so it would be wonderful if you gave it to another person who entered. Thank you for ministering through “Happy Home Fairy”!
I would give this to my 3-year-old grandson because I love him.
I would like to give the Bible to a a girlfriend of mine who would like to take something to the family that lives next door. – as she teaches her son about the acts of giving. That would be the perfect gift. I am new to your site and I appreciate the helpful ideas and direction already.
I would give the second copy to our babysitter Ruth and her children. I know Ruth believes in Jesus, but I am not sure about her children.
Love these ideas!
I would give it to our Angel Tree boy 💙
I would give this special bible to my granddaughter Clara who lives on the east coast – Maryland. I live in Wisconsin, so I can only pray for my son and my granddaughter. Clara is ten years old and I know she needs to hear the word to believe and her daddy is too busy to make going to church on a regular basis happen. This would mean so much to me!
I would give the one copy to my niece!