IS MY FAMILY TOO
There is nothing better than being a little kid at Christmas time.
You write to Santa begging for that Barbie dream house, or Xbox
system while also trying to memorize the verses of “Away in a
Manger” for the church pageant. There are snowmen to build, and
gingerbread houses to decorate. Everything is perfect, and you get
that special Christmas feeling in your stomach.
Christmas gets a lot different as you get older. The whole “Santa”
thing doesn’t really work anymore. Christmas is a time of reassurance for Christians, but it can also be the hardest time of year for
A few years ago, our church started asking some questions: How
can we reach out to our community around Christmas? How can we
move away from our culture’s materialistic traditions? We decided
as a church family to host a Christmas dinner for our community,
inviting anyone and everyone for a big turkey dinner on Christmas
We didn’t want it to be something to add to our Christmas Day
to-do list, but rather something significant to focus on. My family
made this church dinner our own Christmas Day dinner.
Some of the dinner guests also come to our Christmas morning
service. Then we all gather downstairs to share a special time
together. Most people who join us are either seniors who are alone,
or young families.
It isn’t intended to force any of our church traditions on others.
It’s about coming together as one family in Christ to make new
memories and traditions together. We play games with the kids and
sing old carols together. New friendships are made, real conversations and connections happen as we come together and celebrate.
Hosting this event feels more in tune with the reason we are meant
to celebrate Christmas in the first place- that Jesus came. The entire
event focuses on redemption, community, and meeting people
where they’re at.
After the dinner, when I’ve eaten tons of homemade pie, played
charades (a game I usually hate) and learned about what my town
was like back in the day, I leave with a sense of wonder and, yes,
that special Christmas feeling.
Where and how is Holly celebrating Christmas?
She will be celebrating with her community and family and the annual
Christmas Community Diner.
Port Perry, Ontario