The first Christmas was full of surprises. It is likely Christmas at your house is also full of surprises. One of the ways we keep Christ in Christmas is by reflecting on all the surprises during the first Christmas. While making the craft of a Christmas Cracker suggested below, discuss with your child, in an age appropriate manner, all the surprises that occurred that first Christmas (click here for a list to help) and all the surprises that will likely occur this Christmas (in my house, we don’t do a Christmas list; so this conversation is a nice way to get ideas of desired Christmas gifts).
- 6 X 12 inch or smaller picture drawn by your child
- Toilet paper rolls and/or paper towel rolls
- 9×12 inch tissue paper or gift wrapping paper
- Small treats (i.e., candy, balls, stickers, erasers, Chapstick, nail polish etc.)
- Cracker snappers which can be purchased at craft stores (this is a great craft even if you cannot find Cracker snappers)
- Center the tube on a 12-ince edge of tissue paper.
- Roll paper around the tube and tape the edge to secure it.
- Tie a ribbon on the tube to close one end, carefully pinching in paper together first to prevent the paper from tearing.
- Carefully roll up the picture drawn by your child and insert into the tube.
- Tie a ribbon around the open end of the cracker to close it.
- Have your child make a cracker for family and friends they would like to give a gift to this Christmas.
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