I don’t want to ignore the symbols traditionally associated with Christmas, so I looked for some that I could give a gospel spin. The candy cane, when turned upside down, is a J shape so the association was easy: J is for Jesus.
A5 white cardboard (per child) cut into a J-shape
I made light pencil marks on the candy canes to show which way the ribbon had to go. Then I cut short strips of ribbon and gave some to each of the girls. I squeezed some glue onto the pencil lines and let the girls stick the ribbon down.
I asked them if they could recognise which letter the candy cane looked like. Then I asked who they could think of whose name begins with a J. “Daddy’s!” Angie shouted excitedly. “And Jesus’,” I said, and reminded them he’s the reason we celebrate Christmas.
“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.” – Luke 1:30-31
What do you think about this craft? Leave a link to your post if you decide to try it out; I’d love to see it.