It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? I’m sure by now many of you have filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, decked the halls, and are looking forward to enjoying quality time with your family. Tis the season for spreading cheer, but for some, the holidays may bring sadness. As we approach the Christmas season, it’s important to keep in mind that some kids in your ministry may come from a non-traditional family situation. These kids may be uncomfortable with certain family Christmas activities, or with conversations about “typical” Christmas celebrations, especially if they’ve experienced a change in their family within the year.
There are so many different situation to keep in mind. Children who’s parents are divorced or separated may be spending their Christmas in two different places for the first time. Other kids may be in a foster situation and away from their biological parents. Others still may be have a sick parent or experienced the death of a family member. Maybe some kids have parents in a difficult financial situation who may not be celebrating Christmas with gifts this year.
As you plan your activities and classroom conversations, be sure to be sensitive to these types of situations. Help the kids in your ministry understand WHY we celebrate. And that no matter what their circumstances are, God loves us enough to send His only son for us!
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