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Ten Questions to Ask at a Christmas Gathering
by Tom Goodman
December 16, 2010

Print this edition of LeaderLines and review it before your next Christmas gathering.  It may help you make conversation -- and it may even help you make steps toward redemptive conversation.

The "Ten Questions" post is an annual tradition for Don Whitney.  He writes:

Many of us struggle to make conversation at Christmas gatherings, whether church events, work-related parties, neighborhood drop-ins, or annual family occasions.  Sometimes our difficulty lies in having to chat with people we rarely see or have never met.  At other times we simply don't know what to say to those with whom we feel little in common.  Moreover, as Christians we want to take advantage of the special opportunities provided by the Christmas season to share our faith, but are often unsure how to begin.  Here's a list of questions designed not only to kindle a conversation in almost any Christmas situation, but also to take the dialogue gradually to a deeper level.  Use them in a private conversation or as a group exercise, with believers or unbelievers, with strangers or with family.

Here's his list:

  • What's the best thing that's happened to you since last Christmas?
  • What was your best Christmas ever?  Why?
  • What's the most meaningful Christmas gift you've ever received?
  • What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you've ever given?
  • What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
  • What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
  • What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
  • Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
  • Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
  • Why do you think Jesus came to earth?

He adds:

Of course, remember to pray before your Christmas gatherings.  Ask the Lord to grant you "divine appointments," to guide your conversations, and to open doors for the gospel.  May He use you to bring glory to Christ this Christmas.

Whitney has been re-posting this list for 8 years, and he has graciously granted people and churches permission to republish it for non-profit purposes.  You can find the post online here.


By Don Whitney's request, those who republish his list should do so with the following information:

Copyright © 2003 Donald S. Whitney.  All the information contained on the Center for Biblical Spirituality website is copyrighted by Donald S. Whitney.  Permission granted to copy this material in its complete text only for not-for-profit use (sharing with a friend, church, school, Bible study, etc.) and including all copyright information.  No portion of this website may be sold, distributed, published, edited, altered, changed, broadcast, or commercially exploited without the prior written permission from Donald S. Whitney.

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