Christmastime is a good time of year to build old relationships and to possibly begin new ones. People are more open. We should take advantage of this. Attempt to reach out to your neighbors, co-workers and family members.
- Address Christmas cards together.
- Bake together.
- Go for a walk in the snow.
- Go for a ride looking at Christmas decorations.
- Help serve at a homeless shelter.
- Give gifts to someone less fortunate than you.
- Go caroling.
- Make gifts for people.
- Decorate your house.
- Decorate a widow, single parent, elderly or handicapped person’s house for them.
- Make homemade ornaments (see dough recipe below).
- See a Christmas play, cantata or live nativity scene together.
- Watch Christmas movies.
- Remember Pearl Harbor Day and thank a vet for fighting for our freedom.
- Read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens out loud to your family.
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Have a creative way to countdown how many days until Christmas. (Make a red and green paper chain and take off one link everyday until Christmas.)
- Read different Christmas stories together.
- Give little gifts to those you live or work with for 12 days before Christmas.
- Discover traditions from around the world and do them.
- Celebrate Hannukah and reach out to some Jewish people during this time.
- Celebrate Boxing Day by reaching out to people after Christmas.
- Send Christmas cards. If you cannot afford to buy them, make some and hand them to people you know and even those you do not know.
- Find someone alone and spend time with them.
- Spend some time with someone who lives alone.
Reaching Out To Neighbors And Friends
- Have an open house and invite the neighbors &/or some co-workers.
- Stop by your neighbor’s house with a gift, like something home-baked. Introduce yourself to them if you do not know them.
- Bring in some homemade treats to share with your fellow employees or make up a little container with treats and put them on each person’s desk.
- Do something kind for a neighbor, family member or co-worker, ie. shovel their snow, bring in their garbage cans.
- Go caroling in the neighborhood. When you finish singing ask if they have any prayer requests.
- When you go caroling, go with other family members or close friends. This will build a camaraderie between you and them.
- Contact family members to ask how you can pray for them. Ask co-workers too.
- Cook a meal and bring it over to someone’s house just to bless them.
- Bake with family members or friends.
- Help decorate someone’s house, room or office. When the season is over, help them take it down and put it away.
- Have a joint Christmas party with someone. Plan and prepare everything together.
- Invite someone to a party that you would like to get better acquainted with.
- Get involved in helping others, like the homeless. Do it with a friend, relative or co-worker.
- Make a point of talking to people. Phone them or see them. Face to face and voice to voice encounters are definite relationship builders.
MAKING DOUGH ORNAMENTS
- 1 cup salt
- 4 cups flour
- 1 ½ cups warm water
Mix salt and flour together. Add water. Knead the dough until it is smooth. The dough should be very stiff. Add more flour if it is very sticky.
Roll out dough and cut out ornaments with cookie cutters, or make your own figures by hand. Use a pen or other thin object to make a hole at the top for hanging. Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees. Allow to cool.
Paint ornaments with watercolors or other paint and decorate. Coat ornaments when dry with a clear protective coating.
Use ribbon or ornament hanger to hang.