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Unread 11-23-2006, 10:38 AM   #2
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Here's another idea, great for kids!... a paper chain (idea from this website):
Materials - paper, glue, scissors, pen

Cut 24 pieces of red and green colored paper app. 1x6 inches.
Glue the first piece together to make a ring.
Put the second piece through the first and then glue into ring shape.
Continue until the chain has 24 links.
The fun comes each morning when the kids get to take a link off the chain. They can watch as Christmas morning gets closer and closer!

Ideas to put on the papers

You can add this poem to a piece of paper or board that you hang your chain from.
December 1st until Christmas
Is the longest time of the year.
It seems as though old Santa
Never will appear.
How many days until Christmas?
It's mighty hard to count.
So this little chain of links
Will tell you the exact amount.

Please let me know if you have the authors name. I would like to give credit for the poem.

For more fun, plan out 24 Christmas activities that will each take about an hour. Write each idea on a piece of the chain. As a link is taken off the chain, read the activity you will do that day. Some ideas are:
singing Christmas carols,
putting up decorations in one room,
writing Christmas cards to 10 people,
making cookies,
writing a letter to Santa, or
going for a drive to look at Christmas lights.

If you would like your children to have a better understanding of the true meaning of Christmas, you could put of bible verse on each piece of paper telling the story of the Birth of Jesus.

Families celebrating other holidays at this time of the year could use the idea of a paper chain, but pick their own verses or stories to put on each paper.
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