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12 Days of Christmas (2017) – Day 11

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OK, let’s get started with our eleventh day’s guest, Ruth Schwenk!


A Simple and Fun Holiday Tradition to Reach Your Home and Neighbors

Baking seems like a typical tradition during the holidays, but something simple can be made into a fun and creative way to bring the reason for the season into your home and share it with others.

Moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan just two years ago, and into a brand new neighborhood a year ago, we have spent the last several months on mission to meet our neighbors. It has been so fun to meet so many new people, share a meal and hear their stories. As we have gone outside of our comfort zone and made that invitation it has been surprising to see how our welcome has been so warmly received.

As Christmas is quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to reach out and remind our neighbors we care. So I want to encourage you to reach out over the next few weeks in a fun way!

Making cookies can be messy but it is always fun and the perfect way to let the kids help.

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This year we are making sugar-cookie stars! First, buy or borrow a star-shaped cookie cutter. Make some sugar cookie stars (or a different cookie and cut in the shape of a star). Here is an entire list of 20 Healthy Christmas Cookies including a gluten-free sugar cookie option.

Take this opportunity to celebrate Jesus and to share with your children how Jesus is the Light of the World. Talk about how the magi came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2 NIV).

Now share how Jesus came into our world to be a great Light. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46 NIV).

Next, share with your children how we can be stars in the universe and how we are called to be the light. “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14a NIV).

Finally, write a Christmas note, including one of the verses above to your neighbors and pack up some stars to include as a small gift. Don’t forget to invite them to join you at church this Christmas!

Day Eleven Giveaway

For the 12 Days of Christmas series, I am giving away my book co-authored with Karen, Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet With Jesus, my book co-authored with my husband, For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House  and a Press Pause bracelet pictured below!

10th Annual #12DaysofChristmas Giveaways (2017) at karenehman.com.

Ruth Schwenk is the founder of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, the creator of ForTheFamily.org. She is a pastor’s wife, mom of four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and co-author of four books including Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet With Jesus and For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House.




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  1. Love making cookies with the kids. I’ve meet a couple of neighbors but not all. This is a good idea to meet them. Thanks.

  2. Love the idea of star GF cookies! I usually bake but this year has been different- so no baking for me! Maybe one of my neighbors will share with me instead!

  3. These are great alternative recipe, Ruth. Thanks for sharing, I love the idea of the notes attached when giving them away.

  4. Gift of time. I know those who are gifted with yummy baked goods appreciate the thought, but the fact that on top of that the goods are self baked adds extra meaning to the blessing.

  5. I am going to share this with my Son and daughter-in-law for my grandbabies. They are always rushing Every time I call my Son he is to busy to talk

  6. A great reminder to not forget those around us. Just sharing a small part of ourselves, a prayer or Bible verse and an invitation to church, can be the beginning of a life changed. Praying God will help me to be friendlier and braver in reaching out to my not-so-friendly neighbors.

  7. Thank you for sharing Ruth. I look forward to do try this on this christmas. I would love to receive your books as a gift.

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