12 Days of Christmas
About 12 Days of Christmas
30 churches throughout Ellis County are going to change their communities by “spurring each other on in love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Here’s how you can participate:
Step 1: Pray as you take action on each day’s assignment.
Step 2: Click “I did this” at 12DaysOfChristmas.org
Step 3: Share what you did on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #Ellis12Days
Random Acts of Kindness
As we make ourselves available for God to use us, He’ll give us opportunities and prompt us to step out in faith to share His love through acts of kindness.
Day 01 – Wednesday, December 3 – Buy Coffee or Lunch for someone else.
On this, the first day of Christmas, buy a cup of Christmas cheer for a coffee/tea lover this year! Or buy them lunch. A small gesture like picking up the tab for someone in line behind you today could make a huge difference!
Day 02 – Thursday, December 4 – Write an encouraging note to someone.
Another way to spread some Christmas cheer is to write a note of encouragement to someone near and dear. Take a minute and encourage someone who has encouraged you.
Day 03 – Friday, December 5 – Take Christmas cookies to your neighbor.
Sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and peppermint fudge! You can already smell them baking in the kitchen! Make your favorite holiday treat and take it to one of your neighbors.
DAY 04 – Saturday, December 6 – Participate in a community event.
Share God’s love and the joy of the Christmas season by engaging in a local community event. Engage with one of the following recommended events, or serve with an organization of your choice:
- 5k Run/Walk: – Get some exercise and provide relief to disaster victims by helping to raise funds to purchase a disaster relief vehicle for Convoy of Hope, a great missions organization serving those in need. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at The Oaks Fellowship church. Click Here to Register. (You can register on site as well)
- Preparing the New Waxahachie Hospital: Volunteers are needed to help prepare new hospital equipment coming out of boxes. Volunteers are needed Dec 3–Dec 7. Please contact Jenean Egloff at JeneanLo@baylorhealth.edu if you are able to help for any length of time during these days.
- Community Festivals: Wear your “He is Greater” T-shirt (you might need a thermal underneath) and be present in the cultural activities of our community. Actively look for people you can encourage or serve while you are there!
- Christmas in Red Oak: 10am – 5pm at Watkins (Old Towne) Park, 101 Live Oak Street, Red Oak, TX. Festivities include a visit from Santa, hayrides, etc. The event ends with a Holiday Parade that begins at 5:30. More info can be found here.
- Southern Star Christmas Celebration in Midlothian: 1pm-7pm at Heritage Park at the corner of Avenue E and 8th St in Downtown Midlothian. Features pictures with Santa, a Christmas Parade, and a Christmas tree lighting. More info can be found here.
DAY 05 – Sunday, December 7 – Donate to a local toy drive.
You don’t have to be 3’5” with pointy ears to be one of Santa’s elves this year. Make the Christmas wish of a child come true by donating to a local toy drive. Toys for Tots is a great program you can partner with if your church isn’t doing a toy drive of their own.
The local drop-off site of Toys for Tots is located at the Waxahachie T-Mobile. Drop of time is from 12pm-5pm. Location address:
895 N. Hwy. 77 Ste. 100
Waxahachie, Texas, 75165
DAY 06 – Monday, December 8 – Bring joy to the world with post-it notes.
Make someone else’s day merry and bright. You might not be able to promise them a white Christmas, but you can brighten their day with a short note of encouragement. Grab a pack of post-its and write a few words. Share joy by placing the post-its around your home, office, or random public places.
DAY 07 – Tuesday, December 9 – Take a small gift to a nursing home.
Many of us are given the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the presence of our families during the Holiday season. Unfortunately, not everyone gets that. Take time today to deliver flowers, cookies, cards, etc. to a nursing home to brighten their day. Feel free to go where you feel led. Here are a couple locations that will be waiting for us:
Pleasant Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center
3650 South I-35
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Red Oak Health and Rehab Center
101 Reese Road
Red Oak, Texas 75154
DAY 08 – Wednesday, December 10 – Give food to a family in need
Who couldn’t go for a round of warm figgy pudding this time of year? Right? Or how about just a good meal? Bring non-perishable food items to a local non-profit in your area to provide food to a family in need. We have listed a few of our partners below:
- Red Oak – North Ellis County Outreach
- Waxahachie – Waxahachie Care
- Midlothian – Manna House
DAY 09 – Thursday, December 11 – Give up your place in line.
Today, give up your place in line–even if you’re in a hurry. Make this Holiday season a little more merry by letting others go first!
DAY 10 – Friday, December 12 – Invite someone to church with you.
Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. Make sure to share the real gift of Christmas this year by inviting someone that doesn’t have a home church to the holiday services at your church!
DAY 11 – Saturday, December 13 – Serve somewhere this Saturday too!
As we approach the final weekend of the 12 Days of Christmas, we have yet one more opportunity to participate in a local event that will bless others (pay no attention to those 11 ladies dancing). Engage with one of the following recommended opportunities, or come up with one of your own.
YMCA Santa Run - This 5K and a 1 Mile fun run is a tradition the whole family can enjoy. In the spirit of the season, every runner will receive a 5 piece Santa Suit to wear during either of the two runs. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Angels Program. Providing special needs programming for our community. Click here to register.
Salvation Army – Give to the Salvation Army by donating to one of their bell ringers stationed around town.
DAY 12 – Sunday, December 14 – Bring your best offering to church.
The Wise Men traveled a great distance to bring gifts to their King. We have spent the last 12 days bringing gifts to our local community. Today, we want to challenge you to bring the gift of Jesus to the world by bringing your very best offering to your local church.
About HE IS >
HE IS > “HE IS GREATER” is a collaborative campaign by churches throughout Ellis County, Texas during the Christmas season to show our communities that Jesus is greater than any one of us. Participating churches will be focusing on similar sermons series each Sunday and random acts of kindness during the week through our “12 Days of Christmas” campaign.
This is an effort to let our congregations and communities know that while Christian churches are diverse, we are willing to work together to make Jesus our main focus.
The title “HE IS >” comes from statements Jesus makes in the Gospels (e.g. “Someone greater than Jonah is here”). We know that our world and our Christian faith faces enormous challenges, but we believe that He is greater than those challenges. We believe that when we work together, we are greater, and we show HE IS >.