THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE a time of frustration, exhaustion, and depression. Or they can serve as a season of celebration, expectation, and inspiration. If you're seeking ways to promote peace and keep the holidays holy, tell the Christmas story. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
• A Story Party. Invite people over for a share-a-story potluck. Each person brings a favorite dish and a favorite Christmas tale to tell. You can end by telling the true Christmas story.
• Neighborhood Nativity. Spread the word that you're hosting a live nativity scene on your lawn. Specify the time and night you'd like participants to show up. Provide inexpensive bathrobe-type attire and stuffed farm animals. Play Christmas carols.
The first year we did this, only four families participated. By the third year, almost everyone on the block wanted to take part. Several ladies made cookies. Dads brought camcorders, and one older man arranged for a Florida "sleigh ride" (in his decorated truck) for kids. We also wrote tracts with the Christmas story and handed them to all visitors....
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