12 Days of Christmas

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What you’ll need for each family; a kit with a penny, paper
clip, used staple, pebble, cotton ball, crumpled paper, heart
sticker, thumbtack, aluminum foil, tissue, rubber band, string, and
the below handout. In addition to the items provided, you’ll need
an empty egg carton, wrapping paper, tape, scissors, a permanent
marker, a flashlight, a pen, and a soup can.

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  1. Place each item provided in the kit in its own slot of your
    empty egg carton. Cut a small circle of wrapping paper and tape it
    over each hole as a cover.
  2. Tell your child the egg carton is full of items that’ll help
    your family get to know Jesus, your Savior. Beginning 12 days
    before Christmas, have your child choose one of the egg carton
    slots to open each day. Your child may remove the paper and
    discover the item.
  3. Read the Scripture below and follow the directions for the item
    your child chooses.

    • Penny: Read Philippians 4:19. Have family members take
      turns naming a need God has supplied. See how long you can go
      before you run out of ideas!
    • Paper clip: Read Ephesians 2:13. Hook the paper clip
      to a keychain, zipper, or other item. Talk about how that resembles
      being united with Christ.
    • Staple: Read Romans 8:39. Talk about what a staple
      does, and how that compares with God’s love.
    • Pebble: Read Matthew 7:24-25. Try to flatten the
      pebble with your finger. Then set it out as a reminder that Jesus
      is your rock and your firm foundation.
    • Cotton ball: Read John 10:14-15. Use a permanent
      marker to draw a face on your cotton ball. Move the cotton ball
      around like a sheep, and make sheep noises. Talk about why sheep
      need shepherds.
    • Crumpled paper: Read Philippians 3:8-9. Throw the
      paper in the trash and call out reasons why Jesus is more valuable
      than anything else.
    • Heart sticker: Read Romans 5:8. Stick the sticker to
      something dirty, like a shoe. Talk about why you think Jesus would
      love us when we were still sinners.
    • Thumbtack: Read Isaiah 53:5. Gently feel the tip of
      the thumbtack. Talk about the pain Jesus endured to show his love
      to you.
    • Aluminum foil: Read Hebrews 1:3. Shine a flashlight on
      the foil, and watch how it reflects off of it. Share ways you’ve
      seen God’s glory.
    • Tissue: Read Hebrews 2:18. Write your sufferings on
      the tissue. Then crumple it up and offer it to Jesus in a
    • Rubber band: Read Ephesians 3:18-19. Wrap the rubber
      band tight around a can. Then see how many other things you can fit
      in the rubber band, such as forks, spoons, pens, pencils, and other
      items. Talk about how God’s love never runs out.
    • String: Say, “Sometimes people tie string around their
      fingers to help them remember something.” Have everyone take turns
      tying the string around their finger and naming three things
      they’ve done wrong. When each person removes the string, read
      Isaiah 43:25.



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