Thursday, November 1, 2007

Christmas Treasures For Church Members







Here are some ideas, craft sayings, etc. to use when giving a treat during Christmas time.


Candy Canes

Purchase ornamets, make ornaments or buy the actual candy canes themselves. Orientaltrading.com used to have some adorable glass candy canes...I don't see any this year, but they do have plenty of other candy cane themed items to look at. You can also find more candy cane ideas in my "Candy Cane Craze" blog.

Attach the following poem to your candy cane with green, white and red ribbon.

Look at a CANDY CANE, what do you see?
Stripes that are RED like the BLOOD shed for me!
WHITE for my Savior, Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for JESUS, My Lord that's for sure!
Turn it around And a staff you will see ---
Jesus, my SHEPHERD, Is coming for me!



Snowflakes

Again you can purchase snowflake ornaments or make them. Orientaltrading.com has a beautiful selection of snowflake ornaments (just type in snowflake ornament in the search box)or I have given you a couple of sites to look at on making them. I also have a youtube video on making paper snowflakes posted in my blog.


http://crafts.kaboose.com/beaded-snowflake-decoration.html


http://interiordec.about.com/od/cmasdiyorns/DIY_Christmas_Ornaments.htm


Attach this saying and a scripture with sparkly ribbon.


God made you unique, Just like a snowflake!


Hearts

Once again, look to orientaltrading.com...just type heart ornaments in your search box. Here are some heart quotes or you can add a scripture (or both!)

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man. - Anonymous


In the pure soul, whether it sing or pray, The Christ is born anew from day to day. The life that knoweth Him shall bide apart And keep eternal Christmas in the heart. - Elizabeth Stuart Phelps


Candles

Candles are always a hit. And if you have a crowd don't bother with the large candles, just give away little votives. You don't even have to give away a holder. Here are some ideas for candle giving.

http://www.helium.com/tm/463907/candle-making-event-beginners - this is a simple tutorial on making your own candles.

Attach either or all of the following:

Like the light of a bright candle and the warmth of a fire's glow, we brighten every corner when we let God's love show."-- Joyce C. Lock

"You Light Up Our Lives! Thanks for being a blessing."

Let your light so shine before men; that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Other Ideas:

The following is a link to the Hershey's website. It has all sorts of cute little crafts you can do with Hersey Kisses. There are several Christmas Ideas.


http://www.hersheys.com/kisses/crafts/


One year we gave bags of cocoa mix that I had made. I decorated the outside of brown paper lunch sacks. I put the cocoa mix and a handful of marshmallows in a plastic baggie. We tied up the bags with a candy cane and a little card. If you were so inclined you could sew up a bunch of little mitten shapped fabric bags. Here are a few sites that have a variety of mix recipes. We have even used a cookie in a jar recipe to make for our first time visitors.

http://www.cookingcache.com/cat/gifts_in_a_jar

http://www.hugs.org/makemixdex.shtml

http://members.tripod.com/~Tweezle/makemix.html

http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1879.html












2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think all of your blog ideas are fantastic. I have a new i-pad and am using it for the first time. Also I discovered I needed a UMW program today for a belated Christmas program for a very small country church. God sent me to this creative site. Thank you very much!!!!!! Happy New Year!

Rebekah said...

Thanks! I'm glad some of my ideas could help.