I know, I know—we’ve not yet celebrated Thanksgiving and I’m already sharing Christmas ideas, but I prefer to think of CC Owen’s recent post, The Christmas Card Party, as a year-round opportunity to build relationships.

Here’s how it works: Before the holiday rush begins, ladies gather to address their Christmas cards and share a potluck meal. (Think Amish work frolic. We get a task accomplished and enjoy fellowship with friends at the same time.) Each person brings her holiday cards, pens, address list… (Read full post here).

Is it jingling bells, online sales, or Bing belting it out in the background that seems to soften hearts at Christmastime? I can’t say for sure, but statistics prove that people are more open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ now than at any other time of the year. What better reason to set aside one night to build relationships that may one day become a bridge to eternity?

Is there a particular way you build relationships/community during the Christmas season? I’d love to hear them! I plan to share a few of my own in the coming weeks.