Different Christmas Traditions

In Bolivia, some of the communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works are far from the reach of television, toy catalogs or the tradition of Santa Claus. So, what do Christmas traditions look like in these places?

This artwork by a Bolivian child illustrates her idea of Christmas.

To find out, we asked children in rural Bolivia how they celebrate Christmas.

Marcelo remarked, “At Christmas, my mom, Rosalia, cooks buñuelos (fried pastry) with hot chocolate, which I love!” Yum!

Grober said, “At Christmas, I play soccer with other children. After that, we eat delicious fried chicken.” I bet Grober is a wonder at soccer!

Some children in Bolivia tend goats at Christmas.

Mariela commented, “At Christmas, my family and I take care of our goats.” Watching over a flock by night sounds like an appropriate way to welcome the news of Jesus!

Best of all, Marcelo, Grober and Mariela are hearing about Jesus this Christmas, thanks to child sponsorship with FH! They’ll attend a special Christmas celebration with games, a meal and a sermon sharing the Good News of Christ.

Christmas traditions differ in every culture, but we all have one thing in common: the One we are celebrating – Jesus Christ.


Celebrate Jesus with Us

This Christmas, your church is invited to celebrate Jesus in a new way. Start a Hope Tree tradition during your weekend services.

When your church hosts a Hope Tree, we’ll send you tree decorations, child sponsorship packets with hooks for hanging on the boughs, slides to show during your Sunday morning announcements, and more. You just provide the Christmas tree and a response table.

Each Sunday during Advent, remind your congregation that Christmas is the season where we eagerly expect Jesus, who came “to proclaim Good News to the poor” (Luke 4:18 NIV). Give them the opportunity to select a child to sponsor with Food for the Hungry from the Hope Tree. Then celebrate each week as children’s packets disappear from the tree!

 A Simple but Powerful Response

Request your free Hope Tree box today!

When your church members sponsor children through your Hope Tree, they’ll enter into relationships with children living in poverty—children like Marcelo, Grober and Mariela. They’ll know that their support is giving God’s hope to children. And they’ll each receive updates on their child’s progress. They can write to their sponsored children and even visit them!

Request Your Free Box Today

For 2013, we’ve already seen Hope Tree requests submitted from churches across the United States. It’s not too late for your church to join in! We’ll send you a beautiful box with everything you need to host your Hope Tree with Food for the Hungry. Reserve your free box today on our convenient Hope Tree order form.




About Wendy McMahan

Wendy McMahan is grateful for her front row seat in watching God “reconcile all things to Himself.” (Colossians 1:20) She still can’t believe that she gets to participate in His story every day. Wendy and her husband are proud parents to two daughters and have been foster parents to children of all ages. Wendy serves as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry. She hosts the Poverty Unlocked podcast.

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