The smell of cinnamon and cedar is in the air. Christmas music is playing. You’re probably even decorating your Christmas tree when you get home from work tonight, right?
Wait … what? It’s only the beginning of November? Well, lucky for you, the Lifeway Kids team is always thinking ahead. This year, we wanted to give you a good start on the CHRISTmas season and go ahead and help you out with some Christmas appreciation ideas for your volunteers!
Bright Spot in Ministry
Print labels and cut them out. Attach them to the lids of the candles that you have purchased. If you purchased ribbon, you might want to tie some ribbon around the candles for a more festive look.
Socks and Stockings
Christmas Socks (I bought mine at Dollar General for $1.00 per pair)
Print labels and cut them out. Attach labels to the tag on the socks or you might choose to place them in a gift bag and make them more festive!
- Ornaments (I purchased mine at Dollar General for $1.00 each)
Print labels and cut them out. Attach labels to the back of the ornament. Write a special note and be sure to date it! If you purchased an ornament that isn’t round, attach the label to the string of the ornament. Always be sure to sign and date the ornament so that the volunteer will be reminded of your appreciation for him or her every year when decorating.
- Poinsettias (Purchase the day after Thanksgiving at a home improvement store for $.99 each)
Every year, home improvement stores run “Black Friday” specials on poinsettias for only 99 cents each! Go to your local retailer and pick up some of these beautiful flowers. Attach a label using a ribbon.
As always, it’s not important to spend lots of money on the gifts. Your volunteers don’t need you to break the budget trying to buy them a gift. They do, however, love to know that you appreciate them!
Jeff Land is Publishing Team Leader for Bible Studies For Life: Kids. He holds a BSW from Mississippi College and a MACE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff has served as children’s pastor and currently teaches second graders each week at his church. Jeff, his wife Abbey, and their four sons live in Coopertown, TN.
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