Youth Ministry On the Cheap: Holiday Traditions

It is the time of year that candy canes, Christmas trees, and familiar carols dominate our senses and tipsy_elves_ugly_christmas_sweater_-_gingerbread_nightmare_green_thoughts. Take some time as you plan this Christmas season to help establish some holiday traditions that students will remember that do not require a lot of cash. Aim for building memories and relationships.  Here are a few ideas to get you going….

– Find a way to serve shut-ins or those in the local nursing home. It could be something as simple as going to sing some Christmas carols, making some cards or cookies and delivering them.
– Have a Christmas party with a “Dirty Santa” or “White Elephant” exchange. Make the gift limit $1.
– If you are somewhere where it snows, take an afternoon and go sledding as a group.
– If you are somewhere with access to a Goodwill/Thrift Store, hold an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party”…

What are the ideas you do during the Christmas Season? Share them in the comments area below

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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