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How to Write a Great Christmas Greeting to Your Sponsored Child

5 tips for sending encouraging words that can bring your sponsored child joy all year round!


Christmas card

We're right with you in thinking it feels so early, but the time has arrived to write your Christmas greeting to your sponsored child! 

Knowing your words will be treasured and re-read, it can be tricky to know where to begin. So, before the panic sets in, here are 5 handy tips to help you write an uplifting and encouraging message. 

5 things to share in your Christmas greeting

1. The highlight of your year

As much as you're interested in your sponsored child's friends, family, hobbies and community, they're eager to find out about yours! Share your 2019 highlight and give your sponsored child a valued insight into your life. 

For example: The best thing that happened to me this year was when I went to the beach with my family, it was so special. What was your favourite moment?

Christmas card writing tips

2. Why you love Christmas & how you celebrate

Christmas is such a special time of the year where we reflect on the miraculous birth of our Saviour. Let your sponsored child know what you enjoy doing for Christmas and why. Explain how Christmas is celebrated in your country and ask what they do for Christmas. They will feel more connected to you and get excited to celebrate Christmas, too!

For example: I love Christmas because on Christmas Day, I attend church with my family and then we spend the afternoon playing games. Our Christmas lunch is a roast chicken with potatoes and lots of other vegetables. How does your family celebrate Christmas?

3. A Christmas selfie! 

Christmas is a great opportunity to send an updated family photo to your sponsored child! Perhaps you haven’t sent in a photo of yourself before, or maybe your family has grown since the last one you sent. Regardless, why not crack out the festival Christmas hats and send a fun snap. You can even hold a picture of your sponsored child to make them feel part of the family. 

For example: We hope that you like our family Christmas photo. We are excited to have you in the picture with us this year! 

4. Your prayer for the year ahead

Share a prayer you have for your sponsored child for the new year. It can be something really simple, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Your sponsored child treasures your prayers, but also the opportunity to pray for you, so let them know what they can pray for.

For example: I pray you’ll grow in your love for Jesus this year and that he’ll direct your steps. Can you please pray that I will grow in wisdom this year?

5. A favourite Christmas Bible verse

Remind your sponsored child of the good news of Christmas by adding one of these beautiful Christmas Bible verses to your message.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Christmas nativity scene

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Luke 2:12 “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Encouraging words shared at Christmas can live in a child's heart all your round. Your Christmas greeting is a beautiful opportunity to encourage your sponsored child they are loved. 

Send your Christmas greeting

Christmas greeting templates you can copy

If you're really short on time, we've created two Christmas greeting examples for you to use. Simply copy, paste and customise your message below.

Example:

Dear John,

Sending you and your family lots of love this Christmas season.

This year I will be celebrating with my family. Every Christmas we have a tradition that we spend time together making a Christmas fruit cake.

This Christmas I’ll be praying for you and your family

Sending you lots of love,
Mark

Copy this template:

Dear _______,

Sending you and your family lots of love this Christmas season.

This year I will be celebrating with__________________________. Every Christmas we have a tradition that we _______________________________.

This Christmas I’ll be praying for you and your family

Sending you lots of love,
__________________

Example:

Dear Elizabeth,

Happy Christmas! May you and your family know God’s love surrounding you as you celebrate together.

This year I am so thankful I’ve been able to sponsor you. I’m looking forward to getting to know you more in 2019.

Sending you and your family a big hug.

Love, Emily

Copy this template:

Dear ___________,

Happy Christmas! May you and your family know God’s love surrounding you as you celebrate together.

This year I am so thankful I’ve been able to sponsor you. I’m looking forward to getting to know you more in 2019.

Sending you and your family a big hug.

Love, _____________

Thank you for giving encouragement

Your message will remind your sponsored child that they are loved and cared for—and the cards often become treasured possessions, kept for many years. Write and send your Christmas greeting now so we can ensure your message is translated and delivered in time for Christmas.

If you’d prefer to send your own Christmas card, please make sure we receive it by Monday 4 November, and don’t forget to write your child’s reference number and your Compassion reference on the back.

Give the gift of encouragement

 

A version of this blog was originally published by our friends at Compassion Australia



WORDS : Compassion Australia, Corinna Stubbs

PHOTOS : Compassion UK


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