Christmas is the most wonderful time of year.

What makes it so special? The jingle bells, the wrapped presents, the winter wonderlands, the roasting chestnuts, the squeals of children . . .?

Or is it that we are celebrating the greatest gift of all time: God sending his son Jesus into this world over two thousand years ago!

It could be that we’ve kind of lost the joy of Christmas in our efforts to make it special, or maybe we’ve gotten side tracked with all the stress we’ve tacked on. And then of course, there’s the overspending and overeating.

But what if you were deliberate as a family this year to spend time focusing on the reason for the season to celebrate God’s ultimate gift of compassion by showing compassion to others?

We’ve created an advent calendar that has you covered with 25 days of Compassion. Each day until Christmas, there’s a sentence of the Christmas Story to read as a family and an activity your family can do together to show compassion.

Remember to give yourself compassion too, if you’re not able to do every single thing on the calendar, and feel free to replace some of the ideas with your own!

Share your family’s stories with us in the comments below or on social media using the #ParentCueChristmas hashtag!

2015AdventCalendarClick here to download Advent Calendar
(Print to standard 8.5″x11″ paper)


To help get your 25 Days of Compassion off to a great start, we’ll be giving 5 families a $10 Starbucks Gift Card to GIVE AWAY to someone else (your kid’s teacher, your mailman, your student’s small group leader, etc)! Use the form below to enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest will end Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:00am.
Winners will be chosen randomly, and we will contact each winner via email on Wednesday afternoon for details about where to send your prize!