Around the Kolste house, the first official "Act of Christmas" is to assemble our shoe boxes full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child. A ministry of Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child sends the message of Jesus Christ - along with shoe boxes full of gifts - to children in need all around the world. I really appreciate being able to start the Christmas season off by GIVING rather then GETTING.As the kids get older, their involvement in this project has increased. This year they wandered through the store choosing items to put in box. I'm sure the other patrons of the store got some chuckles as I fielded questions about what we were doing.
"Some children don't get Christmas? Why don't they just do it?"
"Do children need screwdrivers?"
"Can we keep this candy and send the children these instead? (breath mints)"
"How do the children find the boxes?"
We also got to talk about Christmas on a deeper level: why did Jesus come in the first place? That's the ultimate project right there: sharing the message of Jesus, from His birth to His death and then His resurrection with my kids.