A Dayton Christian Christmas
At Dayton Christian School, we don’t have winter break. We enjoy a Christmas vacation. We don’t say “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays,” when we greet each other in the hallways. We say “Merry Christmas.” Yes, we celebrate CHRISTMAS at Dayton Christian School, and I am proud to be a part of a ministry that unabashedly proclaims the name of Jesus at this time of year.
When I walk the hallways of this school, I hear the students singing Christmas carols – real Christmas carols that talk about the birth of our Savior and the wonder of His incarnation. I see art on the walls that depicts the miracle in Bethlehem, not vague wintry scenes. I hear students reciting verses from Luke 2 and Isaiah 9 that detail the birth of the Messiah.
And best off all, I see our students involved in mission projects to help the needy that show they really understand the true meaning of Christmas. To kick off the season, our elementary school students donated over 200 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes that will be shipped to children around the world via Samaritan’s Purse. The high school students took on a similar project in conjunction with Target Dayton and completed twenty-five boxes filled with treats, gift cards and personal items for homeless men right here in the Dayton area.
Our faculty and students offer up acts of kindness that reach both near and far. Our junior high students made gift bags filled with candy and a gospel message that they delivered to neighborhoods surrounding campus. Classes have visited nursing homes to minister to the elderly and sent letters to members of our military to make sure they feel honored and remembered while they are serving away from home.
And just yesterday, our Dayton Christian School Resource Officer Danielle Schweikart surprised one of our own DC families still feeling the impact of the Memorial Day tornado. Without being prompted to do so, Schweikart nominated the Dow family for the Community Connections Adopt-a-Family program through the Miami Township Police Department, and they received their gifts yesterday from an anonymous donor.
Much has been made about the “War on Christmas” that is prevalent in our society today, but the spirit of Christmas is alive and well at DC. Praise God we can boldly celebrate our Savior’s birth together as the body of Christ as we do here at Dayton Christian School.
Merry Christmas, DC!