This week, our family Christmas activities center around a word we see a lot at Christmas time: JOY.
Watch this advent video from the Bible Project together as a family:
Then, if you like, check out the study notes for your family here: https://d1bsmz3sdihplr.cloudfront.net/media/Study%20Notes/adv03-sn-1-1.pdf
Or, read together the following verses about JOY:
1. Psalm 65:11-12.
2. Psalm 104:15.
4. See Proverbs 23:24-25.
Then, read the Christmas story again together, and take note, or circle with a red pen every time the word 'JOY' is used. Talk about why it is such great news and why we are filled with such joy at the celebration of Christmas time. Jesus really is JOY for the whole world. Talk about how we can share this joy with others, even if we don't have happy circumstances.
For your neighbours:
Make a list of all the things that bring your family joy at Christmas time. They can be Christmas-specific, or personal to your family. For example: Visiting grandparents, singing Christmas songs, making Christmas food together, swimming in the pool, looking at Christmas lights. Then, with your list, choose one thing that you can include a friend, neighbour or another family in on. How can you share your joy with them? Perhaps you can talk about how to choose joy and share joy with those who don't seem to have much happiness at Christmas time. (Some great projects here: Angel Tree project, Baptist World Aid, Compassion Australia) Talk about how you can choose and share joy because of Jesus, even if Christmas isn't always a happy time.
Download the poster on finding and choosing JOY this Christmas, and stick it on the fridge!