NASHVILLE, Tennessee –
Those visiting Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
in Bossier City with visions of sugarplums might also get a glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas – and it comes with free hot cocoa.
“The True Meaning of Christmas Tour
,” sponsored by The United Methodist Church, will be bringing its signature gift-wrapped truck
to the mall on
Thursday, December 6. The family-friendly festivities are free and open to everyone.
Bossier City serves as one of 11 cities on the 23-day nationwide tour.
Guests are invited to pick up a free hot chocolate, capture memories at an interactive photo booth and enjoy holiday music while spending time with loved ones and meeting new friends. A craft station will also be on site for decorating greeting cards that will be gifted to those in the care of Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home
. Attendees are also invited to share prayer requests, engage in conversations about the reason behind the season and to join congregations in their community for Christmas services and events. Volunteers from various United Methodist churches
from the area will be on-hand to assist with the activities.
"We want to help people remember that celebrating Christmas is not about to-do lists and shopping," shares Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, which created the tour in partnership with local churches.
In fact, research
shows that commercialization and gift purchasing is what people like least about Christmas while spending time with family and friends
and religious reflection/church are favorite activities.
“In this season of gift giving and receiving, we want to help folks remember the true meaning behind why we do what we do—lights, glitter, garland, etc.,” notes Shreveport District Superintendent and Missional Strategist Rev. Dr. Wybra Price, II of The United Methodist Church. “Jesus Christ came to save, forgive and meet us just where we are. Local United Methodist churches are ready to meet the loved, forgiven people of this world.”
“The True Meaning of Christmas tour” will run from November 25 through December 17.
You can follow the tour online at UnwrapChristmas.org
and you are encouraged to use the social hashtag #UnwrapChristmas in your social posts.