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By Julie Dossantos
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  1. Give someone in your family a hug, just because you love
  2. Offer to help your parents. For example, offer to set the
    table. Help them make their bed, as well as your own.
  3. Tell your teacher “thank you” for teaching you. You can do this
    verbally or perhaps by writing him/her a thank you note.
  4. Sing your favorite Christmas carol for your family. Invite them
    to sing along with you!
  5. Read the Christmas story in the Bible with your family. Read
    Luke 2:1-20. Talk about how exciting that time must have been.
  6. Before you go to bed tonight, think about three things that
    happened in your day that you’re thankful for.
  7. Go to the library and check out a Christmas movie to share with
    your family and/or friends.
  8. Read about the Magi (or Wise Men) in Matthew 2:1-12. The Bible
    says they felt overjoyed when the saw Jesus. Imagine how you would
    have felt to have seen young Jesus.
  9. Pray. Thank God for the many blessings you’ve received. God is
    your friend and loves you. You can tell God anything and
  10. Write a letter to a friend. Everyone loves receiving mail from
    a friend!
  11. With your parent’s permission, call a family member who lives
    far away just to say “hi” and to visit with them.
  12. Draw a picture of what Jesus means to you. Display it in your
    room so that you will have it close to your heart.
  13. Take a walk outdoors, with your family, to enjoy the fresh air.
    Take a good look around you at the many wonders that God has
  14. Play the “humming game.” Hum a favorite Christmas song and have
    your family take turns guessing which song it is. The person who
    guesses correctly gets to hum next! (This is a fun game to play
    in the car!)
  15. Pray for peace. Ask God to give you peace in your heart. Ask
    God to give you wisdom when you make choices each and every
  16. Make a gift for a friend or family member. It can be as simple
    as a hand-made card or drawing. Gifts that come from the heart are
    the best gifts of all.
  17. Share your smiles today. Give your smiles away freely to your
    classmates, your teachers, your friends, and your family. Smiles
    are contagious!
  18. Think of a service project your family can do together. Perhaps
    it’s cleaning up litter in your neighborhood or school, or bringing
    dinner to a neighbor.
  19. Write a thank-you note to someone who has made a positive
    difference in your life and mail it to him or her. It could be a
    teacher, a friend, your pastor, or relative. Let them know how much
    they mean to you.
  20. Listen to music today and give thanks to God for the gift of
    music! Dance, sing, and make a joyful noise!
  21. Do your chores without being asked. Think about other children
    around the world who maybe do not have a bed to make, or toys to
    put away, or clean clothes to fold. Consider how having work to do
    is a blessing.
  22. Pray this prayer tonight before you go to bed: “Dear God, thank
    you for sending your Son Jesus into the world. Help me to share
    your love with everyone I meet. Amen.”
  23. Consider starting a Journal. It can be a simple notebook from a
    dollar store. In your Journal, you can write your ideas, your
    dreams, and your prayers.
  24. Find a quiet, comfortable spot. Sit and rest for a few moments.
    Take a few deep breaths. Thank God for sending Jesus. Invite him
    into your heart.
  25. Smile and know that God loves you!


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