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Brad M. Griffin | Nov 18, 2021
5 ideas to make Advent and Christmas more meaningful with students

The holidays can be the best time of year in youth ministry. And also the worst. Inviting students to marvel at the miracle of God-with-us? That’s what we signed up for. Mopping up the sticky hot-chocolate-smeared floor after an earsplitting middle school Christmas party? No thanks. And if we’re honest, this year’s holiday season isn’t quite looking the way we thought it might—which seems eerily familiar to how we felt a year ago, only more exhausting. If you’re finding yourself heading into Advent with less energy and creativity than you’d hoped, you are not alone. Here are five ideas to make the season meaningful with your students.

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