How to Have a Christmas Story Book Party

christmas story night smIf you have younger children, and friends with kids, this party idea might be an easy way for you to organize a memorable Christmas get together that requires very little in the way of planning or money. This idea could also be used as a way to reach out to your neighbors at Christmastime.

WHEN: Some night a couple of days before Christmas. I’d suggest a starting time of 6 or 7 p.m. so that it’s clear you aren’t providing dinner for everyone.

WHAT TO WEAR: Tell your adult guests to dress super-casual and even suggest bringing their kids already dressed in their pajamas. You might also suggest the children bring a favorite blanket and pillow to be extra comfy!

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WHAT TO BRING: Tell each family to bring a favorite Christmas children’s story, perhaps something their family likes to read together each year.  To clarify what you’re asking for, provide a short list of possible stories (e.g. The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Legend of the Three Trees) and include the name of the story you will be reading to help avoid duplicates.

FOOD/DRINKS: Provide hot chocolate, milk and cookies.

ATMOSPHERE: Have piles of cozy blankets and pillows available so that everyone is as comfortable as possible. If you have a fireplace, light it up, or light candles for a warm glow. Put a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and water on the stove to help fill the house with a “Christmas-y” scent. Put instrumental Christmas music on very low in the background. (Not so loud that it interferes with the story telling!)

WHAT HAPPENS: As people arrive have them get hot chocolate and cookies and sit down in the living room. Start the evening by reading out-loud the Christmas story you’ve chose to share. Then invite the other families, one by one, to share their Christmas books. If there is a shyness issue, offer to read their book to the group for them. After the last story has been shared suggest that everyone pile into their cars and drive around to look at the lights! People can then just drive themselves home as they like.

EVANGELISM: If you have friends and families coming to your gathering that don’t know the Lord, consider sharing your testimony at the end of all the stories before going out to see the lights. Or, provide a little gift basket for each family that contains some Christmas cookies and a gospel message, and give them out just as everyone is getting into their cars.

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How to Write a “Christian” Bestseller

Counting down the top five ways to make sure your book is a “Christian” bestseller.

5.  Write about your trip to Heaven.
Note:  Bonus “cutie” points for having your blonde-haired rosy-cheeked little kid take the trip instead of you.  This is almost fool-proof.  Seriously.  Who is going to dare to stand side-by-side with a darling little boy and even insinuate that this might not be true??!

4. Write about your trip to Hell.
Note:  No bonus “cutie” points for sending your kid, instead of you, on this one.

3. Put the words “Purpose Driven” in the title.
Note: It doesn’t really matter what the book is about… these words are gold!

2. Give operating instructions on the vending-machine God, detailing the proper incantations in order to receive health, wealth and happiness.
Note: Bonus points for blaming “lack of faith” for any spells that don’t work.  The ensuing self-imposed guilt feelings will probably also reduce your risk of lawsuit.

1. Completely re-define the nature of God, and salvation, and Heaven and Hell; but do it in a work of fiction so that no one can say you are poisoning the minds of unsuspecting Christians with false doctrine.  
Note: For bonus cross-cultural and femaninst points, make sure you portray God as a black woman.

Follow these and you’ll quickly be on your way to a successful “Christian” writing career!