Home for the Holidays | Spreading Cheer to Your Neighbors

Have you included your neighbors in your Christmas plans this year?

All you have to do is set aside the time you’d spend watching one Christmas movie or making one trip to the mall, and use that time to do something special with your neighbors.

Let me show you how!

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The Neighborhood Café is offering free gifts that will open doors in your neighborhood, create opportunities to make new friends, and bless your neighbors with a meaningful gift.

Unwrap your free Christmas gifts here!

The first part of your gift is an invitation to a Christmas Open House. Download and print as many copies of this pretty invitation as you need, and invite your neighbors to your home. Your Christmas Open House can be as simple or as elegant as you’d like – I’m inviting my neighbors over for store bought cookies on paper plates! There’s no agenda other than offering extravagant hospitality (not extreme entertaining!) to your neighbors.

Invitation

The second part of your free gift is an adorable Christmas craft you can make together with your neighbors. It’s made by removing the glass from an old photo frame, inserting Christmas paper, and gluing on a little clothespin. Download, print and trim our Christmas Countdown Cards, and you’ve got an adorable keepsake to joyfully count down each day until Christmas. Doing this simple craft is an instant icebreaker that gives you something to talk about and an activity to share as you get to know one another. Make a Christmas Countdown with your neighbors, children, family, coworkers and friends from church!

Craft

It’s possible to deck the halls with boughs of holly – and still be jolly when you’re done! The secret to hosting a successful Open House is extravagant hospitality… not extreme entertaining. Focus on your honored guests, not a glowing home. Remember that preparing your heart takes precedence over cleaning your house.

Tips for Planning a Neighborhood Christmas Open House (click the link for more details!):

  • Pray for your neighbors: Pray for open doors, open minds and open schedules.
  • Pick a date and time: We will probably have to say no to something in order to say yes to our neighbors. There is no perfect date or time, so just pick one that works for you and your family.
  • Pass out invitations: Deliver your invitations one to three weeks before your Open House. Attaching a simple Christmas ornament or a few pieces of hard candy in a clear bag is a nice touch.
  • Prepare your home: Unleash your inner Martha… then stop fretting and enjoy your guests.
  • Pick up a few supplies: Keep any recipes simple! If you’re doing the Christmas countdown craft, you’ll need a few items you may even have around the house.
  • Party time! Remember the real reason for your Open House: to meet, greet and treat your neighbors.

See what happened when one church equipped women for neighborhood Open Houses instead of sponsoring a big Christmas gala

Can you imagine what 2015 will be like in our neighborhoods, if we close 2014 by getting to know our neighbors? Homes can be transformed, our streets will become sanctuaries, and neighborhoods are knit together during this celebration of Christ’s birth.

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Amy Lively (23 Posts)

Amy Lively is a speaker and the author of "How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird" (May, Bethany House). She provides tips and tools for Christ’s #2 command drawing from her own experience knocking on her neighbors’ doors and leading a women’s neighborhood Bible study called The Neighborhood Cafe. She is passionate about helping people identify their unique ministry gifts and use them in their community. Amy lives in Lancaster, Ohio with her husband, their daughter, a holy dog and an unsaintly cat. Learn more at www.howtoloveyourneighbor.com.


Comments

  1. Trisha Gutschlag says:

    Hello I have recently got interested in the Amish and have been reading lots of books about them and their lifestyle.I have also been talking to my grandson about them .He asked me if they send Christmas cards to each other like us.
    This is what i would like to ask would anyone like to send him one so i can show him a Amish Christmas card please His name is Oliver Gutschlag-Fraser. 37a Newnham Street. Rangiora 7400
    North Canterbury. New Zealand.
    Thanking you

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