What is the story behind Christmas? What forms our choices to give gifts, show kindness and offer a helping hand to those who need it? It’s love. The Beatles sang about it, Hollywood never stops talking about it, people are continually searching for it and Christmas can give us a glimpse of what it looks like.

When you talk about Christmas with children and young people many write lists of the presents they want and dream about what they may get on Christmas morning.  

This year the SMG Life Matters Team will be offering Christmas seminars to schools that asks the question – How can we look deeper this Christmas? How can we see what is behind it all?

Students will be encouraged to think beyond themselves.  They will explore the moment in history when a woman gave birth to a son. This wasn’t just any child; his name was Jesus. This moment in the Christian story describes a display of love – this child was a gift from God to the entire world. 

The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore the Christmas story, and with a greater understanding of love they will go away with practical examples of how they can show love and kindness, and bring joy to those around them. Love is what’s behind generosity, kindness, joy and Christmas.

Your generous gift is urgently needed to enable the Life Matters team to share the Christmas story in schools across the state over the coming weeks.

Kerryn Coombs