Thursday, November 9, 2017

HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE


Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange can be lots of fun.  It can also be very simple and easy to do!  For Activity Days two years in a row, we decided to host a cookie exchange for our combined activity with all the ages groups.  The first year was very simple and worked like a charm.  The second year, we made it too complicated and it ended up being a lot more work for the leaders than was necessary.  So keep reading to find out why the one year worked and the other didn't.  You'll get some great tips that will save you time, energy & money!

The first year we:

1.  sent out an invitation
2. chose as leaders to have each of the girls, along with us, bring a dozen cookies to exchange.  These cookies can be home made or store bought.  Whatever is easiest for the girls and their family.  
3.  We kept the activity to an hour time frame after school at the church.
4.  We set up tables and chairs, provided heavy paper plates for the girls to gather their new cookies on (since the trays they brought were already holding the cookies they brought).
5.  We also made hot cocoa and brought cups and napkins for the girls to enjoy a drink with their cookies if they wanted to eat one or two while they chit chatted with one another.
6.  Lastly, we provided a simple paper ornament they were able to glue together to take home to hang on their bedroom door knob, their family Christmas tree, or where ever.  It was a simple Christ Centered Message to send them out the door with from their leaders, until the new year.

Clean up was quick and the girls were all smiles.

The second year:

1.  We repeated all the steps from the first year and also added more.  We chose to have an activity in another room.  A game, and also an extra craft.  We had a lot of girls.  So we figured we needed to do more to shuffle them through the cookie exchange in an orderly fashion, when all it did- was create more work for the leaders, more chaos for the girls, and less time to focus on the simplicity of the cookies, cocoa and chit chat.  Which is really what this gathering was supposed to be.  It made for a lot more to clean up as well.  We learned our lesson.  The lesson we should already have known... Keep it Simple.  Most always, less is more!

HOWEVER- I did like ONE extra thing we did.  We talked about the Scandinavian tradition of St. Lucia.  She is the giver of light that represents the light of the Savior.     

I have provided the Cookie Exchange Invitations we used, along with the Christmas Ornament Tag we used for both years.  I did get permission to use the artwork for the image of Christ.






















Here is an updates version of the St. Lucia handout we used.  
You can right click and copy the handout right from here.  I do not have a pdf of it at this time.






If you print this Christ picture with the gold frame you can punch a whole through the top and add twine or ribbom to make it a paper ornament to give to the girls to have as a take away.  They can even use it as a book mark if they chose.




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