A couple of weeks ago, I shared some ideas on how to keep Christ in our busy Christmas celebrations. This past week, I was making the gift bags up for our Wednesday night kids’ program, and I wanted to find a way to give them a gift that was Christ-centered.
I only needed to do 24 gifts, but since I was making the gifts personally, I had to do relatively inexpensive gifts. I gave each child some chocolate covered pretzels, a hot cocoa mix in a Styrofoam cup as well as some marshmallows, Hershey kisses, a mint, and a Rolo candy in a plastic bag.
I wanted to attach a hot cocoa poem that had some religious significance, but I couldn’t find any. Instead, I stumbled across several candy cane poems. I was pressed for time, so I was going to buy a printable on Etsy, but Etsy was saying my account was going to have to be confirmed. I didn’t have time to mess with that, so I just typed up a poem I found on Pinterest. I looked first to see if the pin led to a printable, but the pins I saw just led to a picture or to a website sharing the pin but no real link.
I quickly typed and printed out this printable, attached a candy cane with tape on the right hand side where there is some white space (I didn’t get all fancy with ribbon), and stuck it in the goody bags along with the hot cocoa mixes. There are two poems on each 8″ x 11 1/2″ piece of paper.
Here were my goody bags ready to go to church!
I just love this poem. I could not find the original source, but the message is simple enough for children to understand:
The Candy Cane
It’s just a little Christmas treat, but also (did you know?)
It represents our Savior born so long ago.
The shape is like a “J” to symbolize His name.
The white is for His life, holy, without blame.
And the stripe of red is for His blood so pure and freely given
That we may spend eternity with our Lord in heaven!
Praying that you have a great Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior!
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