Idea #16: Sharing the Christmas Story from the Bible
Christmas time is near. And for people from a Christian tradition that anticipates the coming celebration of Christ’s birth, the Advent season countdown started weeks ago. While there’s a lot of Christmas shopping frenzy, there’s also greater interest in Christmas from people all over the world. (cf. see Google Trends’ chart showing the spike of search volume for “Christmas” every December every year)
What could the Internet do to better engage with people searching for the meaning of Christmas? The world’s population and the volume of Internet content will continue to grow, and perhaps focused websites (or web pages) on a specific topic like Christmas could be very useful and relevant for a lot of people. And with a wider selection of domain names introduced by the new gTLD program, the Internet could have an increasing number of single-focus websites related to the specific keywords found in the domain name.
Here are 12 ways that Christian ministry websites are sharing the Bible and its Christmas story during this season:
1. ChristmasBibleReadings.com - “The Christmas Bible Readings website is dedicated to helping families in the celebration of the Christmas season.”
2. The popular Bible App has 100s of reading plans and 22 reading plans in the category of Christmas and Advent (at the time of this post). Several of their daily reading plans are short enough for this final week leading up to Christmas, including It’s Christmas - Devotions from Mandisa, The Story of Christmas, Rhythm of Christmas, and The First Christmas Gift (Bible App for Kids).
3. Catholic.org has these Daily Scripture Readings for Advent - “set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah.”
4. Back to the Bible’s presentation of The Twelve Voices of Christmas is a unique dramatized audio experiences with twelve different perspectives of the story of Christ’s coming, your understanding of Christmas will be enriched.
5. This one from ChristianPerspective.net is useful - Keeping Focused on Christ in the Christmas Season: 7 Devotional and Bible Ideas for Children
6. Bible Gateway links to Reverend Fun’s Top Five Christmas Cartoons, 2014 Edition
7. DesiringGod.org has this list of 12 Reasons for Christmas, directly quoting the Bible
BibleStudyPlanet.com has this list titled Verses for Keeping Christ in Christmas, “Bible verses that center around four different themes related to Christ’s coming.”
9. BibleStudyTools.com has this list of Christmas Bible Verses - Scripture to Celebrate Jesus Birth and it’s currently featured as the most relevant web page, as seen in this response to a Google search query “where in bible is christmas story”:
10. Christmas Bible Verses: 20 Great Quotes at WhatChristiansWanttoKnow.com
11. Popular website kingjamesbibleonline.org has this list of Bible Verses About Christmas
12. OpenBible.info has 19 Verses about Celebrating Christmas
With new .BIBLE domain names coming to the Internet, which of these examples above would be an excellent use of a web address like CHRISTMAS.BIBLE —hypothetically speaking? What do you think? Merry Christmas!
[Added 12/12/17] Compassion UK is giving away 25 Uplifting Bible Verses for Christmas Cards - beautiful Christmas Bible verse artwork you can share with friends or add to Christmas cards.
This article is part of the blog series, 66 Ideas for .BIBLE Domain Names, with practical ideas for using .BIBLE domain names. Individuals and organizations can now register .BIBLE domain names that are more shareable, memorable, and meaningful at any accredited registrar.