Keeping Christ in Christmas

By Pastor Jacki

“The Consumer Confidence Index increased in November and is now at its highest level in more than four and a half years…”

“…more than 35 million Americans visited retailers’ stores and websites Thursday – up from 29 million last year – scoring deals on everything from hot electronic items to cashmere sweaters and toys. According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGinsight over the weekend, traffic and spending grew over the entire weekend*” 2
A Google search of “Christmas books for kids” provided a link to a list of 11 “Great Christmas Books for Kids” on Amazon.com.  None of them included any titles or illustrations depicting Jesus, the Nativity or Christianity.

While the media reports good news about the economy, it can be a challenge to find Christmas gifts for children with the best Good News – that it is Jesus’ birthday.
I don’t have an app for that, but here is a suggestion:  Throughout December and January you have an opportunity at Trinity to borrow (or buy) a children’s book about Christmas!
Books available for a $1-$3 donation: What is Advent? On the Way to Bethlehem, It Looks a Lot Like Christmas, The Promise of Christmas/La promesa de la Navidad
Consider the possibilities in your household…

Santa could leave a Christian storybook stuffed in a stocking
Families could read aloud the real Christmas story at bedtime during Advent
Grandparents can give grandchildren an inexpensive and spiritual Christmas gift this year.

Look for the rolling book cart in the Narthex or the Education Wing on Sunday mornings.  Simply complete a borrower card or leave a small donation and keep Christ in Christmas for your children this year.

Thank you, Jack Verhasselt for building the rolling book cart!

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