Christmas is a special time of year filled with celebration. However, it is a tough season for many, as well. Having a J.O.Y.-themed party will bring Christmas cheer to all!
As a little girl, I memorized to heart a song that said, “Put Jesus first, and Others second, and put Yourself at the end of the line, and you will find to join your life to J.O.Y.” It was brilliant! And so true… The lyrics are what this party theme is based on.
As guests join together and gather, have something to eat and drink for them. This would be a great time for someone to read the story of the birth of Jesus. This can be found in the beginning of Matthew or Luke in the Bible (I prefer the International Standard Version, direct translation from the original language to today’s English). You may also want to do a prayer circle before heading out to do the next portion of the party.
Find a local volunteer opportunities your group could help serve at. If you’ve ever seen Undercover Boss, you know these are everywhere once you look for the opportunities. During holidays, we gravitate to places that feed the homeless, but there are also many other opportunities to volunteer with an organization that helps the community. You would want to research beforehand in case there are requirements or applications for the volunteers to complete.
YOURSELF AT THE END
Once you finish the activity, it’s time to gather again, enjoy a nice Christmas meal, and share stories from the day. This would also be the time to exchange gifts, such as a Secret Santa. I recommend against the White Elephant because you don’t want someone’s joy to be stolen along with a gift they are loving! You could also or as an alternative take turns to exchange kind words about each other, with each person going up and selecting someone from the group to encourage.
I hope this unique party brightens everyone’s Christmas season as you all team up to bring a little J.O.Y. to the world!