1) Become a Christmas Candy Bomber
- Personally, I love the idea of tying a tissue parachute to a piece of candy, knocking on a door, and having a group of youth throw up in the air their pieces of candy to surprise little kids in your neighborhood! So fun!
- Read the book Christmas from Heaven, to your family or group. It's a true story about a World War II serviceman turned CANDY BOMBER.
- Spend 30 minutes tying tissue parachutes onto pieces of candy. DIRECTIONS for making parachutes are in the back of the book. How easy is that?
- However many pieces of candy you finish in 30 minutes, put them in a basket and head out to spread some Christmas sweets!
2) Share Random Acts of Kindness -- The Last Straw
During the first 15 minutes
- Take the first 15 minutes and tell this story. Here's a brief summary: In the McDonalad home, Mom remembers an old tradition of a building a soft bed for Baby Jesus--one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice of another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger.
- Challenge the members of your group to think of single ACTS OF SERVICE/ACTS OF KINDNESS they can give to members of their own family. Have each group member write down three kind acts they could do for each person.
- Handout to each person a baggie full of staw/hay. Attach a tag to the bag that says, "Every act of kindness counts. So, let's build a bed for Jesus ONE STRAW AT A TIME."
- Then, give your group a challenge to build a straw bed for Jesus before Christmas by doing kind deeds for their family members.
- Tell the group that they will report back the Sunday AFTER Christmas and tell about what they did for their family. You can serve hot cocoa that day! :))
- Tell the group members you're going to do some SPONTANEOUS service. Here are some quick ideas you can choose from, or you can create your own. They may require a little upfront planning, but not much.
- At a local fast food drive thru. Wendy's is perfect here in Riverton because they sell $.50 Frostys and $1.00 Frostys. Go through the drive through and pay for as many Frostys as there are people in the car behind you. SHHHH. It's a surprise! Explain to the cashier at the drive-up window what you're doing. Pay and then drive away. Wave out the window as you do! :))
- At your local grocery store for $5.00 buy a small bouquet of flowers. You can DIY a few tissue paper flowers, or use fake flowers if you make it ahead of time. Have some of the group members simply walk up to someone (maybe even a cashier) and give the flowers away. Make someone's day! A cashier would LOVE this! You could do it for someone at your local library. Someone at the gas station. You get the idea.
- Flowers could also be brought to a local hospital and dropped off at the front desk. Ask the person to deliver them to someone in the hospital who needs some Christmas JOY!
- Another idea would be to deliver red and green helium balloons tied with ribbon and a note that said, "GOD knows who you are and He loves you." You could bring them to an individual nursing home as well.
- Another idea would be to find out ahead of time what your BISHOP'S WIFE likes to snack on and drop a little care package off to her. Simple is good. Mabye she likes to chew gum. So, you could deliver a few packages of her favorite flavor of gum tied with a ribbon to her, just to be nice. The tag could say, "We CHEWS to show our gratitude to you for supporting your husband in his calling to serve as our Bishop. We love you!" Accompany the gift with a thank you card signed by the group. Whatever the treat your Bishop's wife enjoys she'll appreciate the kind gesture.
Just make sure you emphasize that each kind act we perform is one more piece of straw used to build a soft bed for the Christ child.
Remember to give the group members their own bag of straw to take home to remind them to do acts of kindness for their own family members.