6 Ways to Use Christmas Around the World: A Global Perspectives Collection
Looking for a way to add spiritual depth and dimension to your Christmas holiday celebration? Christmas Around the World: A Global Perspectives Collection is designed to help you go deeper as you celebrate our Savior’s birth. Each component in this collection was carefully curated to give you a greater cultural understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Around the World: A Global Perspectives Collection has been carefully curated and packed with fun to expand cultural perspectives and redirect our attention to the true meaning of Christmas.
What is Included in Christmas Around the World?
You will find the following items in Christmas Around the World:
- Instructions for a Christmas Around the World party with links to free downloadable resources.
- Christmas Connection pages with suggestions for celebrating Advent, a Bible study, instructions for a Christmas Birthday Party, ideas for cross-cultural Christmas celebrations, and a funny story about how a hungry elephant transformed a Thai village’s Christmas celebration.
- A Carousel of Countries, which includes cultural overviews of how Christmas is celebrated in six different countries, including recipes, games, and crafts from each country.
- The “What You Can Do” pages share Missional Christmas ideas for single people, families, and small groups.
- The Thai Nativity Ornament Set which can be used for decorating or given as a gift.
Here Are 6 Ways You Can Use Christmas Around the World.
- Use the Thai Nativity Ornament Set to decorate one small Christmas tree.
- Near the Christmas tree, create an Advent wreath using the suggestions in the Light the Candles ideas in the Christmas Connection section.
- Look at the What You Can Do As a Family section and choose ways you can share the hope of Christmas in your neighborhood.
- Share the story of The Christmas Elephant with your children. Discuss how a disaster was transformed into a gift from the Father.
- Choose several countries from the Carousel of Countries to discuss with your children. Talk about the traditions of those countries. Think about how you can add the countries’ traditions into your own family celebrations. Cook foods from each country and work together to create a craft or play a game. Use these activities to carve out intentional quality time with your children in the midst of your chaotic holiday season.
A Neighborhood Party
- Make Christmas more missional by inviting your neighbors to a Christmas Around the World party.
- Use the Thai Nativity Ornament Set to create a centerpiece for your table.
- Prepare recipes from the Carousel of Countries. Make a card for each dish showing its country of origin.
- As you share food around the table, ask your neighbors to share their own Christmas traditions or special Christmas memories. Use information about each country to make connections with your neighbors’ Christmas traditions.
- End the evening by sharing the Christmas story and singing carols together.
- In advance, plan with your Children’s Ministry leaders to cook some of the recipes in the Carousel of Countries.
- After children arrive, tell them the story of The Christmas Elephant. Ask children to tell some of their Christmas stories.
- Explain that Christmas traditions are different around the world.
- Invite the children to sample the foods and share some of the customs and traditions observed in each country.
- After eating, plan to make a craft and play a game.
- Wrap up your Christmas party by using the Thai Nativity Ornament Set to tell the Christmas story. Give one piece of the Nativity set to each child. As you tell the story, they can put the pieces together to create a Nativity scene.
- Choose four countries from the Carousel of Countries.
- Each Sunday in December, share how Christmas is celebrated in these different parts of the world.
- Use the recipes and crafts to enrich children’s understanding of different cultures.
- Each week, celebrate Advent using ideas from the Light the Candles page in the Christmas Connections section.
- Wrap up your holiday season by celebrating Christmas As a Birthday Party. You’ll find ideas for the birthday party in The Season of Giving sheet.
A Small Group Gathering
- In advance, give a different Carousel of Countries card to each family in your small group. Invite that family to review the traditions and prepare the dish from that country for your gathering. Ask each family to be prepared to share the Christmas traditions of the assigned country.
- Use the Thai Nativity Ornament Set to decorate a tree or to create a tabletop centerpiece.
- Prepare to lead the Shepherds and Magi study in the Christmas Connection section. Be certain to focus on the take-away truths at the end of the study.
- As a group, discuss how the Christmas story has changed your lives and brought hope to your future.
- Work together to create a ministry project to share the hope of Christmas with other families in your neighborhood and community.
A Women’s Ministry Party
- Use Christmas Around the World as a kick-off for your Women’s Ministry holiday season. Choose a weekend early in the holiday season so that everyone can relax and enjoy the party.
- Choose a ministry project that will bring the Christmas story to a shelter or nursing facility in your community. Enlist a group of women to oversee the project and communicate how your women will be involved.
- Invite six women to create tables featuring the traditions, crafts and recipes from the six countries included in the Carousel of Countries.
- Enlist others to decorate additional tables using their own holiday traditions.
- Begin your party with a storytelling of The Christmas Elephant. Ask the attendees if they have experienced similar events when their best-laid holiday plans have gone awry. Follow up by asking what they learned from these near-disasters.
- Invite attendees to visit each table, sampling the foods and exploring the available crafts.
- After attendees have enjoyed their food, invite them into a time of thought and contemplation using the study of the Shepherds and the Magi. Consider the truths contained in the Startled, Seeking, Serving section of this study.
- End your party by praying for your ministry project.
- Use the Thai Nativity Ornament Set as a door prize.
How Will You Use Christmas Around the World?
Christmas Around the World: A Global Perspectives Collection has been carefully curated and packed with fun to expand cultural perspectives and redirect our attention to the true meaning of Christmas. Additionally, your purchase of this collection gives you the opportunity to partner with WorldCrafts as we develop sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world.
These ideas are just a few of the many ways you can use Christmas Around the World: A Global Perspectives Collection with your family, church, and community. Do you have other creative ideas for using Christmas Around the World? Share them with us on Facebook and Instagram using #WorldCraftsChristmas.