“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” -Ecclesiastes 9:7
When Solomon wrote this in Ecclesiastes, I doubt he had my holiday celebrations in mind; however, this verse encapsulates my holiday plans perfectly: eat, drink and be merry!
But the Christmas season also reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 22:39, about the second most crucial commandment Christians should keep. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
While I could focus solely on myself this Christmas, I find it more rewarding to help spread the merriment of the holidays to those around me, including to my literal neighbor. By doing this, my life becomes engulfed in joy, and my heart becomes more focused on the reason for the season: Jesus!
To help you do the same, here are my top 10 ideas to bring your neighbor joy this Christmas.
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