For anyone hosting or organizing a Christmas gathering:
I was jealous of the Petrie living room. Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (and friends) were always dancing, singing, and joke telling. As a matter of fact, quite a few television programs and films from that era seemed to have more entertaining living rooms than mine.
Well, I challenge you to transform your own living room into a stage or pulpit this Christmas. Here’s how.
This week, send an email or text to all the folks that are gathering at your home for Christmas. And say something like this:
Dear Christmas Celebraters:
I have a crazy idea. Hope it works!
Let’s have each home prepare a one-to-ten minute Christmas activity or presentation.
It could be anything. A skit, song, quiz, memory, prayer, challenge, handout, Christmas trivia, art project, craft project, gift, dance, reading, puppet show, competition, decoration, magic trick, video game, or anything else you can think of.
No pressure. You can do something last minute or take hours of preparation and rehearsal. Maybe just find something on the internet and print out enough copies for everyone. Or have one member of your household play “Jingle Bells” on the harmonica. The idea is to have some laughs, make some memories, and deliver a reminder or two of the reason for the season.
Love you all! See you on December XX. Brunch at XX:00
(your name here).
Let me know how it goes! I also recommend you have your Bible bookmarked to Luke chapter 2. Depending on what your guests present, you may want to schedule yourself as the final presentation of the afternoon or evening and read the original Christmas story.
(And — especially if you have never heard of Rob and Laura Petrie — I encourage you to check out “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It’s a classic. Season 3, Episode 13 is the famous Christmas episode with Alan Brady as Santa, the Toy Soldier number, and Ritchie singing “Little Drummer Boy.”)