Christmas Conversation #21: What do you know about the Biblical concept of hospitality and how do you apply that during the Christmas season?

By Stacey Tuttle

You may have family or friends coming in town for the holidays.  Or maybe you are hosting a Christmas party at your home.  Most of us will have opportunity in some way or another to practice hospitality this Christmas Season.  But what does that really mean?  Does it mean you prepare wonderful (possibly expensive) food?   Does it mean you are really nice to everyone?  Does it mean your home should be beautifully decorated?  Do people have to be invited to sleep in your house? 

  • The Bible has a lot to say about the idea of hospitality.
  •   It was actually a pretty important concept in Jewish life.  But what do you actually know about it?  What do you know about God’s standard for hospitality and how can you apply that to modern day American life in the Christmas season?

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    We have 25 different “conversations” going online and we’d love to hear your thoughts!  See the list below and add your two cents when and where you can, and benefit from the collective think tank as you go!

    1. How do you keep the spirit of giving in your Cristmas shopping?
    2. How do you bring Jesus into your shopping experience?
    3. What do you think about Christmas music?
    4. What’s the worst Christmas song and why?
    5. What’s your best idea for using a Christmas movie to spark a conversation about Christ?
    6. What’s the worst Christmas movie and why?
    7. What’s the most meaningful Christmas tradition that your family has?
    8. How do you get your kids attention (or even your own) off of the gifts you get?
    9. How much is too much when it comes to giving your kids gifts for Christmas?
    10. What are your favorite service-oriented things to do during Christmas?
    11. Is Santa a naughty or nice Christmas tradition and why?
    12. What Christmas traditions have you chosen not to follow, and what have you replaced them with?
    13. If you’ve chosen to do Santa, how can you use him to point your kids to Jesus?
    14. Do lighting displays add to or detract from the real meaning of Christmas?
    15. What kinds of gifts can you give to non-Christian friends that make Jesus attractive?
    16. What are your best ideas for using Christmas to spur conversations about Jesus?
    17. Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas – Does it really matter?
    18. Should we boycott stores based on Christian principles during the Holidays?
    19. How do you deal with the Grinches in your life this Christmas?
    20. How do you deal with Christmas as a joyous family time when family is hard? 
    21. What do you know about the Biblical concept of hospitality and how do you apply that during the Christmas season?
    22. How do you find spiritual refreshment in the midst of an exhausting season?
    23. When do the excesses of Christmas cross the line from communicating the lavishness of God’s love for us to fostering excess, greed and pride?
    24. How do you respond to feeling like someone else “does Christmas better” than you?
    25. What is the most meaningful Christmas memory you have?