Friday, November 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS: The Many Names of Jesus Ornaments

It's hard to find nice ornaments for a church Christmas tree.  Instead of putting snowmen, colored ribbons, a thousand different angels, snowflakes, etc., many congregations just use plain colored glass balls.  You can always make Chrismons* or other Christian symbols but that takes time and people and they're too complicated for most kids.  What about making ornaments using the many names of Jesus?  You can take simple colored glass balls and write on them with silver or gold paint pens or use glitter pens.  It's amazing how easy they are to make with a paint pen!  I only had silver,gold, and white but any paint pen or glitter pen will do.  If you really want to get fancy glue jewels on them.  I think I'll make a few more fancy ones for my own tree!

Don't forget that the point is to get the names of Jesus on your tree.  Try these:

Emmanuel, Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Christ, Son of God, Lord of Life, Lord of All, Redeemer, King of Kings, Savior, Lamb of God, Lord, Messiah

Choose your favorite names and create them as a set.  Make it a fun event!
  • Have a family day and let kids make a set of them with their parents.
  • Have an ornament making day for the crafty ladies groups during Advent.
  • If your congregation is small, give one away to each family at each Wednesday Advent service.
Have kids in the Sunday school or school decorate them and sell them as a fundraiser!

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