Tuesday, October 1, 2013

ADVENT: Christkindl Market

This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen for Advent! It's right up there with the Nativity on Parade idea I posted last year. Christkindlesmarkt is something that happens every year in Nuremberg, Germany and I think it would be fantastic to do a version of it at every church.

There are many ways a congregation could enjoy their own Christkindlesmarkt. Try one of these:

  • Fundraiser where the ladies groups (or the whole congregation) raise funds for a charity by selling...
    • Baked Goods
    • Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
  • Community celebration to invite families and the whole neighborhood into the church where there are stations where they can:
    • Make traditional Christmas crafts and ornaments.
    • Make and/or taste traditional Christmas foods.
    • Meet the magi and the shepherds and enter the stable as they hear the story of Christmas.
    • Learn about German (or your heritage) Christmas traditions.
    • Have times throughout where live entertainment is shared through children singing songs or doing a short Christmas pageant, small adult groups could perform, story telling, etc.
    • Have a photo booth where families and/or friends can dress up in Christmas costumes such as shepherds and angels. If you're creative about the background you'll get some fabulous photos.
I LOVE this idea! It can be a great educational and fun experience. If anybody tries it please let me know how it goes!

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