Taking Christmas Spirit on the Road With 'The True Meaning of Christmas Tour'


Tour to Stop in North Georgia Friday, December 22

Sixteen states, 21 cities, 23 days, 500+ volunteers, 16,400 cups of cocoa, a truckload of Christmas spirit and just one purpose: to help people unwrap the true meaning of Christmas. The United Methodist Church is hitting the road in December in a gift-wrapped touring truck, decked out to share a warm invitation to experience the true meaning of Christmas from city-to-city.

Roswell, Georgia is stop number 19 on the Tour where staff and members of Chapel Roswell will host the come-and-go event at Heart of Roswell Park (Canton St. and Magnolia St.) from 2 to 6 pm.

The festivities include free hot cocoa and an invitation to visit a United Methodist church this Christmas for services and events. You can even share prayer requests or engage in a conversation about the true meaning of Christmas.

“This tour is a unique way for the church to reach out to people who are experiencing loneliness or who want to give back to the community at this significant time of year,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of the denomination’s communication agency. United Methodist Communications is coordinating the month-long expedition in partnership with local churches. “We want to invite everyone to visit a United Methodist church and join with others to continue to explore the true meaning of Christmas.”

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center in 2013 indicated that the activities that people least liked at Christmas time are the commercialism/materialism, money/expense, and shopping/crowds. What they most look forward to is spending time with family and friends (69%) and religious reflection/church (11%).

Throughout December, The United Methodist Church will utilize television and digital advertising to explore the true meaning of Christmas as part of a national advertising campaign, “Their words. Our beliefs,” which features children discussing faith. The holiday messages ask, “Children know the true meaning of Christmas. What if we all did?”

Follow the tour online at UnwrapChristmas.org and #UnwrapChristmas as it travels through:

  • Dec. 2: Waco, Texas
  • Dec. 3: Dallas, Texas
  • Dec. 4: Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec. 5: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Dec. 6: Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec. 7: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dec. 8: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec. 10: Champaign, Illinois
  • Dec. 11: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec. 12: Columbus, Ohio
  • Dec. 13: Charleston, West Virginia
  • Dec. 14: Johnstown/Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dec. 15: Washington, D.C.
  • Dec. 16: Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Dec. 17: Greenville, North Carolina
  • Dec. 19: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec. 20: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Dec. 21: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Dec. 22: Metro Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec. 23: Huntsville, Alabama
  • Dec. 24: Nashville, Tennessee

United Methodist congregations will host hot cocoa fellowship events in many cities across the U.S. where the tour truck is not able to visit. These mini-events will extend a warm holiday invitation to connect with a local community of faith.