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Merry Christmas Ideas

Christine Yount Jones

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Have each class surprise a family in your church by adopting it for the 12 days before Christmas. Perhaps kids will choose a widow, a single adult, or grandparents who are far from their grandchildren. Some friends in our church did this for us, and we were delighted to be someone's "outreach project"!  At a designated time each day, drop off surprises and poems. In your first poem, explain that you're a secret Christmas friend bearing gifts, and encourage your adopted family not to peek to discover your identity. Ring the bell, and then run. Design the amount of surprises to fit the day's number that you're delivering on. For example, on Day One deliver one surprise. Day Two's surprise could be a gift with two parts. On Day Three give your family a three-in-one storybook. On Day 12 ring the bell and stay so your friends can meet you.

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NATIVITY STOCKING

Have your children make these Christmas stockings to remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. Kids could even fill these stockings with goodies and give them to less fortunate children.  You'll need 18X22-inch squares of ivory plush felt, dark brown felt, black felt, and light brown felt; scissors; and glue.Tell kids to:Use the pattern to cut out the stocking.Leaving the top open, glue edges of the stocking together.Following the color code, use silhouette figure patterns to cut out the figures.Glue figures on your stocking as shown.

COOKIE JARS

Have kids make these instant cookie jars for everyone on your church staff. For each staff person, layer in a quart jar: 2/3 teaspoons salt; 1/2 plus 1/8 cup flour; 1/3 cup cocoa; 1/2 cup flour; 2/3 cup brown sugar; 2/3 cup sugar; 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips; 1/2 cup vanilla flavored chips; and 1/2 cup walnuts. Write these directions on a card: Combine the contents of the jar with 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Pour the batter into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees. Bake for 32 to 37 minutes in a 7X11- inch pan or 27 to 32 minutes in a 9X9-inch pan.  Use pinking shears to cut a 4-inch square of fabric. Lay the fabric on top of the jar and use ribbon to tie the card around the fabric.

This makes a beautiful and yummy gift.

nativity_box_110x142nibkitmockright 50_107x146Spread joy and love with a church Christmas program for families that keeps Jesus as the focus of the season!

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