6 Simple Christmas Ideas

6 Simple Christmas Ideas

September 28, 2016 by

It might feel like fall just started, but Christmas is coming. It’s time to plan Christmas. We’ve got some simple ideas to get you started from a recent #cmschat on Twitter.

Christmas Ideas:

  1. Outward focused. Christmas can be an on-ramp to church. People show up to church at Christmas: The usual 18% average weekly church attendance balloons to 47%. This is an opportunity.

  1. Start early. One Christmas planning effort started back in May (OK, that’s for a city-wide event that requires a lot more coordination, but still). It’s never too early to start.
  2. Effective channels? Some of the popular ways to spread the word include invite cards, postcards, Facebook and—of course—word of mouth. Combine channels for the most impact: Ask your congregation to hand deliver postcards instead of doing a mass mailing.
  3. What works on social media? Anything that creates engagement. One church posted memorable/funny movie clips and had loads of comments. Try asking for favorite Christmas songs and curate a playlist. People love Christmas music—post quick, casual video of your band/choir doing Christmas songs. Share Advent devotional thoughts. Set up a photo booth. Check out 10 ways to engage your congregation on social media.
  4. Empower your people. Create graphics that your staff and congregation can share on social media. Make it easy for them to spread the word.
  5. Have fun. Yes, Christmas is a serious, somber holiday. Silent Night and all that. But it’s OK to be a little goofy.

Thanks to everyone who joined the #cmschat and shared their ideas. You can join the #cmschat every week on Twitter.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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