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Never Ceasing Love  
Make wreath shaped cookies to symbolize the love of Jesus, which is never ceasing. Use rolled sugar cookie dough or buy the premade cookies. Color have green, leaving the other half white. Roll out about a tablespoon of each color dough into a worm the size of a pencil. Twist the two worms together making a rope. Shape into a wreath. As you bake and also as you enjoy these treats, talk with your children about why a cricle symbolizes Christ's love that never dies.

Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8

Christmas Bread  
On Christmas Eve, as a family, make Christmas bread in the shape of a wreath. {Same method as above except with three ropes, for a more festive look you can divide your dough into 3 and color one green, one red, and leave one white.} Have the bread with your Christmas Eve dinner. Remind the children that Jesus is the Bread of Life.

Jesus said unto them, I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger.
John 6:35

Gingerbread Garland Recipe
On the first day of advent or the first of December, bake 24 gingerbread people. Make sure to allow plenty of time. Encourage children to roll out the dough, cut the shapes with cookie cutters, {those metal ones are best for this} and decorate them.

String the gingerbread people on a Christmas ribbon to make a garland for your kitchen. Every day let the children take turns in gobbling the days to Christmas.

Let us go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is to come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Luke 2:15


Christmas Cookies  
Get your favorite sugar cookie recipe a cold day outside and some bored children. This will put smiles on those faces. Make the cookie dough involving the children as much as possible. Roll out the dough and help the children cut out the shapes with cookies cutters. Let the children decorate with sprinkles as much as they want, after baking if they want put frosting on some. This is entirely up to you to enjoy a day with the kids.

My son, eat thou honey, because it is good.
Proverbs 24:13

Wondering What to do with all those baked goodies after you've made them? Package them up in baskets with Christmas paper and take them to a nursing home or people that can't get out.  



Recipe for Gingerbread. (modeling dough, edible)


1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup molasses
10 1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water

This is a very stiff dough.

Shape your gingerbread people as if using clay or play-doh. Use toothpicks to make holes in the heads for stringing the ribbon. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, depending on how thick. Makes 24, 5in long fat gingerbread people.


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