Christmas Celebrations

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Four fun ways to celebrate the Christmas season.

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DECK THE HALLS

Hang a string of small white lights around your classroom
doorway to welcome children. Get even more creative and write a
special message with lights or trace the outline of a star! If you
don’t have an electrical outlet near your door, use a string of
lights with a battery pack.

Take an instant photo of each child or have children bring in
school photos you can keep.

Cut each photo to fit inside a clean round juice lid and glue
the photo onto the lid. Then cut a wreath-shaped base from
cardboard and glue the juice lid photos around the base to make a
wreath of photos for your classroom door.

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Cut star shapes from silver or gold cardboard, or use plain
cardboard and spray paint the stars. While the paint is wet,
sprinkle glitter on the stars. Attach threads and hang the stars in
the hallway at different heights.

GIVE TO OTHERS

Plan a sock drive to collect new socks for children who may need
them. Check with a local clothing bank to see if there are certain
needs. Or contact an orphanage or other organization in a Third
World country to see if school children must wear certain kinds of
socks with their school uniforms. Decorate a large cardboard box to
look like a chimney with stockings hanging from it. Collect the
socks in this box.

Make paper bag luminaries and line the sidewalk to your church
during your evening Christmas worship service. Fold down the edges
of lunch-size paper bags, place a layer of sand in the bottom of
each bag, and set a small votive candle inside. Note: If it’s
windy, it’s best not to use the luminaries.

YUM, YUM!

Make a mug of hot cocoa extra-special by using peppermint sticks
as stir sticks.

Use purchased bread dough or a favorite bread recipe to make
star- or snowflake-shaped pretzels. Brush the pretzels with egg
white or butter and sprinkle coarse sugar crystals on them for
decoration.

It’s easy to make sugar cookies of all shapes using refrigerated
sugar-cookie dough. These cookies will bake quickly during class
time so everyone can enjoy them. Or bring prebaked cookies and have
kids decorate them in class.

Most families have special foods they enjoy during the Christmas
season. Invite different families to share their traditional or
favorite holiday foods with your class.

TELL THE STORY

Fill a jar with small candies wrapped especially for the
Christmas season. Pass the jar around and have each child take a
candy as he or she tells part of the Christmas story. Continue
until the story is told or the candies are gone.

Retell the Christmas story by planning a “Walk to Bethlehem” for
your class. Map out a walk through your church grounds or building,
placing signs along the way to help retell the story. As you walk,
talk about the sounds Mary and Joseph may’ve heard, how tired they
might’ve been from walking, where they might’ve stopped to find
water for the donkey, and so on. Plan your walk so you’ll reach
Bethlehem when you return to your classroom.

Cut five identical triangle shapes that are large enough to
write on. On each shape, write a Bible verse reference to the
Christmas story. Use one triangle each Sunday before Christmas to
tell that portion of the Christmas story, and attach the triangles
together to form a star as shown. Verses to use might include: Luke 1:28; Luke 2:1; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:9-10; and Luke 2:15.

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