This weekend will sees the start of the Season of Advent, the days and weeks when we begin to think about all those people throughout history who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, the baby in a manger, who would change the world forever.
It is also the weekend when many will begin to think about a Christmas Tree. If you would like your Christmas tree to mean more this year, why not try this beautiful and thoughtful prayer idea?
Children love to help with decorating the tree. This idea is an easy way to let them
get involved, and helps them pray at the same time.
• Buy some pretty gift tags (sparkly stars work well) – or make some by cutting
up last year’s Christmas cards.
• Write on the plain side the names of people or situations that you want to pray
• Hang the gift tag prayers on your tree as a sparkly reminder – just as your
tree lights shine in the darkness, so your prayers are like a candle that lights
up the lives of those in need.
• Christmas is a particularly difficult time if you are sad, or ill, or lonely or
worried. Keep a few spare gift tags so you can add to your tree when you
think of others who need your prayers.
Tip: If you know someone needs your prayers, but it’s best if others don’t know
they’re in need, why not just write their initial on the tag, or draw a heart shape – God
will know you are thinking of them.