Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tis The Season, Christmas Package!

My brother's Christmas Package this year was filled with ideas from Pinterest and alike. I included a list of what we (My Mom and I) put in and some pictures of some of them too. Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for your Christmas Packages. 

Whats Inside?

 Complete List 
- Candy Sleigh
- Grinch Pills
- Believe Bell
- Prep and Landing Characters
-I want a hippopotamus for Christmas song lyrics and paper print out of a hippo (My brother said he didn't want anything for Christmas except maybe a hippo from the song so that's what he got)

-Elf suit and hat I found on Pinterest and added my little brothers face to 

-Reindeer cut out and some other Christmas print outs
- Symbols of Christmas cutouts
-Hot Cocoa packets
-Peppermint Sticks
-M&Ms, Christmas Story
-Snowman Poop (White Tic-Tacs)
-Christmas Candy
-Homemade Christmas Card

A Sneak Peek ..

 Candy Sleigh
(made out of Christmas candy)    

Grinch Pills
 (You can pretty much get any green colored candy and add the Grinch sign to it. I got green butter mints and attached the Grinch tag to it)
Bell, from Polar Express
(Polar Express quote found here)

Prep and landing characters
 (Found here )

I added some cute Christmas print-outs I found
on Pinterest to the package.
Hot cocoa packets in Mug & Peppermint sticks
Peanut M&M's and Christmas story
There are tons of these M&M Christmas Poems floating around on Pinterest. I don't have an original source, but here is a printable you can use and the poem for future reference
M&M’s Christmas Story
As you hold these candies in your hand
And turn them, you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas Story
It’s one, I’m sure you know
It took place in a stable
A long long time ago.
The E is for the East
Where the star shone O so bright
the M is for the Manger
Where the baby Jesus slept that night.
The 3 is for the wise men
Bearing gifts, they say they came.
W is for worship, Hallelujah
Praise to His name.
So as you eat these candies
Or share them with a friend
Remember the Spirit of Christmas
And never let it end.

Symbols of Christmas
 I saw many renditions of Symbols of Christmas but none of them had every symbol I wanted so I made the paper and symbol myself from all the ideas I saw online. To be honest you could do a whole package just based on the symbols of Christmas. 
This is what the paper says... 

Symbols of Christmas

Each year as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmastime we are surrounded by symbols.

Christmas Tree: Christmas trees are evergreen trees. They do not die in the winter, but stay green all year.  This is a symbol of eternal life. Christ made it possible for us to live forever in heaven after we die.
Star: Stars represent the new star that appeared when Christ was born.
Candles: Jesus said that He is the light of the world. He shows us the way to go and leads us with His light.
Candy Canes: This candy is made in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherds came to see baby Jesus. Christ is known as the good shepherd.
Red, White, and Green: Christmas colors are symbols of Jesus Christ. Red represents the blood of Christ. Green represents eternal life. White represents the purity of Christ (he was perfect).
Gift Giving: Gifts represent the gifts the wise men brought to the Christ child and the gift of the Savior that Heavenly Father gave the world.
WREATH: Symbol of the never ending nature of love … having no beginning and no end.

We when see these symbols throughout December we should remember the true meaning of Christmas; the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Christmas Card
(Christmas Movie's themed card)
Decorating the Package:

On each flap of the package I made a little scene from a Christmas song
Green: Oh Christmas Tree
White: I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
Red: Santa Clause Is Coming To Town

Blue: Once There Was A Snowman

This was a fun package to make and with all the fun little ideas I found it filled it up to the brim. My brother didn't want gifts so you can see we had lots of fun finding other things to put inside :) 

Feel free to list some ideas you had to send your Sister's or Elder's, and if you'd like to send us a picture of your Christmas Packages we would love to include them so we can all learn from each other!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Stories

I love spreading the Christmas spirit this time of year. And for our missionaries who are far from home, family and friends during this season it can be hard. So I believe bombarding them with love and Christmas is a great way to remind them how much you are thinking of them.

One way to do this is through Christmas Stories; in an email, or written letter, or dearelder message, or tucked within a package. These can be your favorite ones, the most traditional, or brand new finds. It is a great little gift for your missionary to share with his companion or investigators. Tell him to print out if it is an email so that he has time to read and share it.

I sent my brother a Christmas Story in his Christmas Email. But next year I hope to send him one in each December Email.

(This is the one I shared with our missionary, I had heard it in Relief Society and looked it up when I got home)
"Christmas Day in the Morning" tells about how Rob, the main character, learns the true meaning of love and finds a way to demonstrate his true love for his father.
Rob wants to get his father something special for Christmas this year -- something that shows how much he really loves him. But it's Christmas Eve, and he doesn't have much money to spend. What could he possibly get? Suddenly, Rob thinks of the best gift of all...
You can find the full story Christmas Day in the Morning.

Share some Christmas spirit with your missionary. By sending him a Christmas Story off this list below, some of them may be too long to send but an excerpt or quote may be a fun addition to an email or letter as well. 

Christmas Stories

20 Famous Christmas stories
The Gift of the Magi, The Little Match Girl, Legend Of The Christmas Rose, and MORE

Short Christmas Stories 
 For the Man Who Hated Christmas
 The Gold Wrapping Paper
 On Santa's Team
 The Christmas Truce

Christmas Stories

A Christmas short story: Santa's Christmas morning

Kid's Christmas Stories, Popular Old-Fashion Christmas Short Stories for Children
Bipper and Wick - by Artie Knapp
The Birds' Christmas - Founded on Fact by F.E. Mann
Christmas at Fezziwig's Warehouse by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Christmas Carol of the Birds
Christmas Day
A Christmas Fairy by John Strange Winter
Christmas in Seventeen Seventy-Six (1776) by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
Christmas in the Alley by Olive Thorne Miller
Christmas in the Barn by F. Arnstein
The Christmas Masquerade by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A Christmas Matinee by M.A.L. Lane
Christmas Under the Snow by Olive Thorne Miller
The Cratchits' Christmas Dinner by Charles Dickens
The Dolls' Christmas Party
The Fairy Christmas
The First New England Christmas by G.L. Stone and M.G. Fickett
The Fir-Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
Grandma's Christmas Gifts
The Greatest of These by Joseph Mills Hanson
How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats by Elia W. Peattie
Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Little Girl's Christmas by Winnifred E. Lincoln
Mama's Happy Christmas
Mr. Bluff's Experience of Holidays by Oliver Bell Bunce
Old Father Christmas by J.H. Ewing
The Philanthropist's Christmas by James Weber Linn
The Queerest Christmas by Grace Margaret Gallaher
A Ragged Christmas Feast
Santa Claus Does Not Forget
Santa Claus's Letter
Susy's Christmas Present
The Telltale Tile by Olive Thorne Miller
Toinette and the Elves by Susan Coolidge
A Turkey For One
What Happened Christmas Eve
Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

What are your favorite Christmas Stories? 
We would love to expand our list and share with each other. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas is Around the Corner

Just around the corner is Christmas, and you can send your missionary a fun festive Christmas printable like this one

Or one of these.

If your missionary was involved in the online social world of Facebook or Twitter, this tool can be an easy way to gather friends and family together for a joint Christmas effort.

Here are a couple ideas that I have seen done:

My friend shared this idea with me calling it the 25 Scriptures
"One scripture for every day of December until Christmas but instead of just giving her the reference written out, I had different family members/friends of her write their testimony on the different scriptures. So they would just read it and then share their thoughts on it. Then I put each individual scriptures in an envelope of it's own with their note included (I just had everyone email me so everything was typed up). Some scriptures just had one person who wrote on them, others had 2-3."

Here are some similar ideas for a 25 Day's of Scriptures for Christmas, some are advent calendar's you could send your missionary and some are scripture chains. Either way you could find scriptures to use in envelopes or any form you like. 
You could also do a 12 days of Christmas theme instead of 25. 
Advent Calendar at One Dog Woof 

Advent Calendar at Young Wife's Guide

 Scripture Chain at The Things I Love Most

Scripture Chain at Spell Out loud

Last year I was invited to a Facebook event for a friend of mine that was in the MTC at the time. Her Mom and friend put it together and the invite said this:
"Hi Everyone,
Whitney's Mom, is trying to put together a photo book for Whitney to send her for Christmas. She would love it if you would e-mail her a picture of either you, your family, or you & Whitney, along with your favorite scripture or quote.
She is hoping to get everyone's picture no later than Dec. 1. Please help make Whitney's first Christmas on the mission special!
Send your picture & quote to --------------@aol.com
Please add other friends of Whitney's to this event so we can get as many people as possible to participate.
P.S. This is a surprise, so don't let the word get to Whitney in any letters! "

I don't know how the photo book turned out, but I found a similar idea below
at spoonful.com

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Cards

Some of us family and friends don't have the money or the energy to gather together a whole package for the holidays. This year I am planning on sending my missionary my Christmas Card, with scriptures inside, I'll post that as soon as I get it out in the mail.

For now I wanted to share a free Christmas card printable, and some card ideas for you to share with your missionary:

Christmas Cards
Via Lost Bumblebee
Christmas Cards
Via Bloglovin
(This site has a bunch from different sites)

Holiday Cards
Via Ziploc
Christmas Cards
Via Rosy Glasses