Why not celebrate Christmas twice a year?
Decorate your area as a winter wonderland (e.g. paper snowflakes, polystyrene balls, white/blue/silver streamers) and also set up a decorated Christmas tree.
Ask everyone to bring along a wrapped $2 ‘Christmas’ gift for someone else. Have a few extras for people who forget to bring one. Place these gifts under the Christmas tree to give out at the end of the event.
Play a bunch of Christmas & winter themed games, such as:
- Christmas Carol Sing-off
- Christmas Pictionary
- Human Christmas Tree
- Christmas Quiz
- Christmas Pass the Parcel – a game that teaches about the Christmas story
- Christmas Carol Charades
- Create a snowman – give teams white rubbish bags, newspaper, tape & craft supplies. Each team fills the bags with scrunched up newspaper, then places them on top of each other to make a huge snowman. Then decorate with paper, vivids, ribbon etc. Give a prize to the team that has the best snowman.
- Snowball fight – Divide your playing area in half, and split into two teams. Make ‘snowballs’ out of toilet paper, newspaper or white socks. Players throw the snowballs across to the other teams side. After a designated amount of time, the team with the least amount of snowballs on their side, wins.
- Christmas ABCs – Get into teams. Call out a letter, and the team has to list as many Christmas things that begin with that letter. The team that comes up with the most words, wins.
Share the good news about Jesus with a talk based around the Christmas story. Or try using Better than Santa – a reworked version of ‘Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus’, with an added activity for you to use with it.
Hand out the presents that everyone has brought – you could do this as a lucky dip, or play a gift giving game, such as the following:
Seat everyone in a circle. Read the following story out loud, and every time the word RIGHT is read, everybody passes their gift to the right. Every time the word LEFT is read, gifts are passed to the left. The gift that each person is holding at the end of the story is the gift they keep.
Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking. Father RIGHT, Susie RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last minute Christmas shopping. “There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen. “Did you leave the basket of food at church?” asked Mother RIGHT? “I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Billy RIGHT.” “I don’t have any money LEFT.” The telephone rang, and Susie RIGHT LEFT to answer it. She rushed back and told the family, “Aunt Josie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT’s deck. I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it,” she said as she LEFT in a rush. Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas Tree. By the time Susie RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun decorating the tree. The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating. Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had chosen the RIGHT gifts for their family. Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that’s all that’s LEFT of our story, except to wish you a Merry Christmas, isn’t that RIGHT?
Midwinter Christmas Feast
Finish your event with a Christmas themed dessert or supper.