· Schedule moments of silent reflection throughout the month of December
· Agree with a loved one to forgo giving each other another gift that neither of you really needs and give the money you would have spent to a charitable organization
· Give your time to someone who may be lonely this holiday season
· Read a chapter of the Gospel of Luke with your family every day in December. If you start on Dec. 1 and read a chapter a day you will finish on Christmas Eve.
· Sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 4.
· Figure up the amount of money you spent on your largest shopping day and add that amount to your tithe one week in December.
· If stress and busyness are a problem for you this time of year, then commit now to saying no to at least one social obligation this holiday season.
· Spend at least 15 minutes praying for peace and justice in our world for every hour that you spend shopping.
· In place of giving a gift to the pastor and his family (who already know how much you love them) give a gift to a child or teen in our church you don’t know very well (so that they will know they are loved as well).
· Don’t use a credit card for your holiday shopping. If you can’t afford it now, then don’t buy it.
· Ask others for a Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Gift Card as their Christmas gift to you.