Have you created a plan of attack for your Christmas shopping? Yes, December 25 is two months away and that puts us in the sweet spot—there’s no real rush to go shopping right now and, even though you can see it in the future, it doesn’t totally feel like you should be doing your Christmas shopping yet.

But we all know how it ends. . . this sweet spot turns into the typical hustle and bustle of the holidays. You get busy with family and friends, mid-week services and Christmas programs, dinners and parties.

What if you started a new tradition this year and had all of your Christmas shopping finished before Thanksgiving? Here are five reasons to do just that.

  1. You can buy Christmas-themed presents for your co-workers and hand them out at Thanksgiving time. Think about CTA’s Ornaments of Faith®. Many of these ornaments come with a gift tag that can be pre-printed with your own Christmas message.
  2. Shopping now can make planning December Bible lessons a breeze! Choose a theme and take advantage of the FREE resources from CTA. Then, order coordinating Christmas gifts for all of your participants. For example, teach your December Sunday school classes using the FREE Come to Bethlehem and See devotions and then, give each student a book to take home.
  3. Giving gifts early will provide your churchgoers with extra time to focus on Jesus’ birth. Consider the Starry, Starry Night countdown to Christmas mobile for families or the A Reason to Rejoice inspirational book for adults.
  4. The Christmas season provides some of the best opportunities for witnessing. By purchasing gifts now, you can distribute them throughout the next two months and the recipients just might join you at one of your Christmas church services. Look for the O Holy Night magnet or the Come to Bethlehem and See magent. Many CTA customers take the opportunity to include one of these magnets in each of their Christmas cards.
  5. You’ll receive real value and real meaning in every gift from CTA. The gifts you purchase from CTA are unique and created with one purpose in mind—to lift up and encourage the body of Christ. That’s something you  just can’t find on a last-minute run to a big box store.


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