We will be doing our annual Orthodox Children’s Ornament Exchange again this year! In past years, we’ve done book exchanges as well but I think everyone really had fun with the ornament exchange and I received several emails asking if this is something we’d be doing again, so I went with that again this Christmas.
The rules are posted below, so please leave a comment if you would like to participate. It is only one ornament per family and last year, I believe we ended up making a total of nine, which included one to keep at home. If there is a bigger turnout than expected, I will divide the families into groups.
It was a lot of fun and I know my boys loved getting so many fun packages in the mail!
If you would like to participate please sign up a.s.a.p. as I will be posting partners on Saturday!
01. Each child will make enough ornaments to send one to each member of his/her group. ORNAMENTS MUST BE HANDMADE.
02. Include a card (handmade or not) making sure that their name is legible.
03. Adding other trinkets, candies, stickers, etc is a nice gesture but it is not required.
04. Packages must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 08, 2010 to ensure time for the children to enjoy their ornaments before Christmas.
Some ideas for ornaments are:
- Cookie clay ornaments
- Cinnamon ornaments
- Color or cut an icon out and place in an ornament frame
- The Crafty Crow has a fun list of kid-friendly ornaments
You can pretty much “Orthodox” any ornament idea by adding an icon or something. Old catalogs are perfect for cutting out icons to use. They are the perfect size and there is usually a great selection. The Conciliar Press catalog is my favorite one. Whenever a new one arrives, I look forward to cutting up the old one and making something fun with the boys.
If anyone has any questions just ask! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with again this year!!