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Make These Fun Christmas Story Snacks

12 Dec

Day 11 and 12: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

Yesterday was one of THOSE days in ministry. So how about two different snack ideas to do with the kids? We did both of these to complement Dirty Jobs Bethlehem, our Christmas curriculum.

Graham Cracker Manger

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Supplies: frosting, graham crackers, pretzels, Cheerios

Form a manger using graham crackers and frosting. Put a mixture of pretzels (hay) and Cheerios (oats) inside the manger.

When we did this snack/craft, we found the kids experimenting with different ways to make the manger. They also made people out of the pretzels and crackers.

Shepherds in The Fields At Night

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Supplies: Graham crackers, frosting, white chocolate chips, M & M’s

Optional: Buy or make white frosting. Drop green food coloring into the frosting to make a green field.

Spread a layer of frosting on the graham cracker. Place the white chips on the frosting to represent sheep. Place the M & M’s on the frosting to represent the shepherds watching the sheep.

Christmas Object Lesson: Light of the World

10 Dec

Day 10: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas.

Glow in the Dark NYE (11 of 12) 

Scripture: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

Supplies: glow in dark stick or bracelet (optional), Christmas lights

Turn off the lights. Talk about how dark it is. Give out the glow in the dark items and break them so they glow. (Or turn on the Christmas lights.)

Read John 8:12. What difference does the light make in the dark? One of the names for Jesus is Light of the World. He came to earth to be a Light in the darkness of sin. When we look at Christmas lights, the lights can remind us of Jesus and His name, Light of the World.

Option for families: Drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.

Giving the Gift of Words

9 Dec

Day 9: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

gift of words

Looking for a meaningful gift that is more valuable than anything you could buy? Consider giving the gift of words.

Our church did this last year and I was surprised by just how much it meant to those in my own family who received this simple expression of love. We made a set of cards (52 cards- one per week of the year) for each grandparent in our family. Each of our five family members wrote things such as “I love to hear you tell stories” or “I remember when you used to listen to me when I came home after school each day” or “You have been such an example of Jesus to me.”

We thought it would mean something to our loved ones, but had no idea just how much. They told us they didn’t realize that different things we wrote meant so much to us. They kept the cards and reread the notes throughout the year. One grandpa mixed them all together and each day read one of the cards. He said he didn’t even know if he had read them all yet. One grandma opened them all on the spot. She kept reading them all year.

Of all the things that our family has done for others, this was by far one of the most meaningful to the recipient. It also gave us the opportunity to stop and think of all the reasons we appreciate, admire and love those family members. Sometimes we forget to stop and tell people the important things. Consider taking the time this year to give an expression of love through your written words.

Supplies: small white cards with the words “You are a gift” printed in red, white coin envelopes, larger white envelope

Write a memory or something the child likes about the relative on the card. Place it in one of the coin envelopes. Have the entire family help do these creating 52 cards- one per week. For relatives on fixed incomes, consider putting gift cards or cash in some of the cards. Place all the cards in the larger envelope.