12 Days of Christmas – Evergreen Christmas Tree

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I had so much fun doing Ten Days of Easter with the girls earlier this year, that I couldn’t wait to do something similar for Christmas. I really want them to understand the true meaning of Christmas, so I chose this series of crafts very carefully. First up, we made an Evergreen Christmas Tree that I saw on the Happy Home Fairy’s blog.

Materials required:
One piece of green cardboard (per child)
Different coloured tissue paper cut into small squares
A punch
Sellotape
A pencil
Scissors

To make the tree, I folded the cardboard in half and drew the outer edge of one side of the tree. I cut along the line. With the cardboard still folded, I punched holes in it.

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Then, we opened the cardboard up and the girls taped pieces of tissue paper over the holes on one side of the cardboard.

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When finished, we taped them to the window so the sunlight could shine through and light up the tissue paper.

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While doing the craft, I asked the girls if they knew why we had a Christmas tree – other than for putting presents under. “Because of Jesus?” Angie guessed. I explained that the fir tree is one of the symbols of Jesus, just like the cross and the fish. A fir tree is evergreen, which means that its leaves are always green no matter if it’s summer or winter. We spoke about what happens to most trees in autumn and winter, how the leaves turn brown and fall off leaving bare, empty branches. But in Jesus we get everlasting life, and when he is in our hearts, our lives are not bare or empty.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” – John 11:25

What do you think of this craft? Leave a link to your post if you decide to try it out; I’d love to see it.

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