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Share the Warmth of Jesus

Share the Warmth of Jesus

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones.

With gift giving in full swing this month, let’s take the opportunity to share the most important gift of all—Jesus!

What you’ll need:

  • Hot Cocoa mix
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Small glass jars (I used Ball half-pint jars)
  • Twine or Christmas ribbon
  • “Jesus Warms the Heart & Soul” tags (downloadable)

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy scooping the hot cocoa mix into the jars, along with the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Little ones will also enjoy delivering the gifts to neighbors.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will enjoy scooping the hot cocoa mix into the jars, along with the chocolate chips and marshmallows. They can also help with cutting the tags and delivering the gifts to neighbors.

Time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

  • To save time, use ready-made hot cocoa packages. For a half-pint jar, you’ll need two envelopes. Most boxes include 10 envelopes for less than 2.00. Of course, use your favorite homemade cocoa mix, if you prefer.
  • Pour two envelopes of hot cocoa mix into the glass jar.
  • Cover the mix with a layer of mini chocolate chips.
  • Cover the chocolate chips with a layer of mini marshmallows.
  • Print the downloadable tags, if you wish. Punch a hole through the top corner and thread twine or Christmas ribbon around the lid.

Dig Deeper:

Read: Luke 2:1-18 NIV

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Emphasis mine)

Ask:

  • When is the last time you wanted to run and tell your friends about something that happened?

Share:

The shepherds couldn’t keep the good news of Jesus’ birth to themselves! And the Bible says that those who heard it were amazed. The birth of Jesus is a beautiful celebration of all God’s promises to His children. Because of Jesus, we receive the gift of grace, forgiveness, peace, and the promise of heaven—too many gifts to list! How could we not want to warm the hearts of others by sharing Jesus this Christmas season?

(In this post from last Christmas http://just18summers.com/creating-memories-with-a-christmas-box/, I shared different ways to celebrate throughout the month of December and one way included sharing with others.)

Today, we’re going to make a small but meaningful gift for our neighbors to remind them of the warmth that Jesus provides for our heart as well as our soul. You can personally deliver it to them or leave it on their doorstep as a surprise.

Merry Christmas!

Downloadable gift tags: http://bit.ly/2gID1vS

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org) Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach and Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Mountains. Visit Cathy’s site to download your free e-book, “Praying In Each Room of Your Home.”

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