Day 6- Give a Christmas Tree

I had the most amazing morning!  It was a picture-perfect winter day…snow falling (rapidly!) and a bus full of 3rd graders singing Jingle Bells all the way to Church’s Tree Farm in Grant, Michigan.  Emalynn’s class was in charge of helping another special needs class at her school find a Christmas tree for a needy family in Sparta.  imageCan you believe it….I had never gone to cut down a Christmas tree before!?  I grew up with artificial trees and since Nate and Em are allergic we still have one at our house.  What an incredible experience.  The kids had a ball!  It was freezing but that didn’t stop them from doing snow angels!  After we found the perfect tree Mr. Ford cut it down while the children sang “O Christmas Tree”…and yes…I almost cried!  The kids carried the tree back to the tractor and imagewe all piled back on the hay wagon to trim and string it.  Then we went to the “moose shed” featuring a beautiful a 2-story Christmas tree for hot cocoa and REAL.roasted.chesnuts! while Nat King Cole played in the background!  If you don’t have a favorite Christmas tree farm…I’m telling you…check out Church’s!

Em had a great idea as we boarded the bus to head back to school!  Since we can’t have a real Christmas tree at our house she thinks our family should go to the Christmas tree farm and cut one down for a family who needs one!  I concur!  The experience was so heart-warming knowing a family in need will receive this tree.  What a great way we could share the love of Jesus as a family.  Perhaps an even better idea would be to give a gift certificate so a family could experience the fun of going to get their own Christmas tree?  Hmm…lots to think about indeed!  If your family is looking for a serving project this Christmas season, this is a great idea!  As Emalynn’s teacher explained to her class this morning…”It is better to give than to receive.”

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;

their righteousness endures forever.”  2 Corinthians 9:6-9

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