St. Nick's gifts?

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Registered: 03-28-2003
St. Nick's gifts?
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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 10:26am
I'm in charge of our parish's St. Nick's party this year. In years' past, the kids simply got a candy cane from St. Nick. I'd like to up the ante a bit, but can't spend much money. I'd like the gift to be religious. Any ideas? Any recommended websites? (I've checked out Oriental Trading Company, and plan on using one of their crafts for the family craft. I also found some crayons there in a Merry Christmas box that I may use.)

My budget is pittance -- probably .50 per gift.

Thanks!

Polly

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 09-30-2003 - 6:55pm
What about making them beaded crosses on a string? One thing I would like to do is get a name from a giving tree and have the class get gift for that child or children that are picked. They don't get a gift but they learn from the experience of giving. I would just read up on St. Nick as much as you can and see what all he gave out beside the candy canes. There might be something that is inexpensive there you might beable to use.

Do you want to give them the gift yourself or are you looking for something that the class can make? If you think the class could make something how about a placemat craft? We did this for Valentines day last year in my dd's class. We got sticker and you could cut out the front of old Christmas cards. Use them to decorate a large piece of construction paper then have them laminated, we used the school's machine. The kids had a blast and Erin still uses hers. My ideas for our St. Nick party as far as things for them to take home are, snowman soup, which is just a bag of Hot chocolate and mini marshmallows there is a little saying the goes with it. If you are interested in that I will find it for you. Also there is reindeer feed. It is just a baggy with oats and red or green color sugar. There is also a note that goes with this too. Again if you are interested I will get them to you.

Hope that helps a little bit. The ideas aren't to Saintly but the kids do love them.

Jan

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 10-01-2003 - 10:27am

It doesn't sound like you have too much $$ to spend...Do you have a Michaels (craft store) near you?

 


 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 11:28pm
Chocolate coins covered in gold foil. Most candy shops that I've ever encountered carry these. If you can manage it, put them in odd shoes. The "coin in shoe" motif is very much in keeping with the legends of St. Nicholas.

Hal

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 10-25-2003 - 8:16am
This will not apply to the real little ones. Saints have been pretty much ignored in the Catholic Faith Formation process for many years. Maybe a holy card with St. Nicholas Bishop of Myra and a prayer might encourage interest in the Saints again. Many children do know "St. Nick" = Santa Claus, but they don't know St. Nicholas, Catholic Bishop.
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 10-27-2003 - 3:54pm
My dd's class did this last year. The kids made shoes out of construction paper and left them out on their desks when they went home and St. Nick filled the shoes for them that night. She loved it. That is a good idea, maybe you could ask the teacher if she could have the kids make their shoes in class a few days before. I think they used milk cartons layed sideways and that side cut out then put cut out two shapes of shoes and glues them on.

Jan