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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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.
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.
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