Christmas Surprises and Christmas Crackers

Christmas Surprises and Christmas Crackers

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).

Christmas Crackers

What You need:supplies for Christmas Crackers

  • 6 X 12 inch or smaller picture drawn by your child
  • Bible
  • Toilet paper rolls and/or paper towel rolls
  • 9×12 inch tissue paper or gift wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Small treats (i.e., candy, balls, stickers, erasers, Chapstick, nail polish etc.)
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Cracker snappers which can be purchased at craft stores (this is a great craft even if you cannot find Cracker snappers)

Directions:

  • 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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Corine is the author of several Christian Children Books including: Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time; What is Love My Journey with Jesus Christ and Why I Give. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and dancing. While she has no biological children, she has had the privilege of helping raise four children through foster care and a host of nieces, nephews and other little people. Among the little people, she is known as Aunt Cor. To learn more about Corine visit www.booksbycorine.com

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