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The 12 Months of Christmas

The 12 Months of Christmas

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Keep the Christmas spirit all year long with this fun Secret Santa idea.
Keep the Christmas spirit all year long with this fun Secret Santa idea.

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January- A Candle
On the first month of Christmas,Our plan is unfurled, A candle to remind you of the
“Light of the World”
 
Many times you hear someone say “I wish we could keep the
 
spirit of Christmas all year long.”
In thehustle and bustle of everyday life we can sometimes lose that Christmas spirit as soon as the holiday is
over. Our focus can drift onto life’s
everyday, sometimes mundane tasks. This year, we would like to helpyour family focus on that Christmas Spirit in your hearts and minds all year long. Each
month you’ll
receive a token as well as a challenge to build on each month to help bring that heavenly feeling of Christmas into your home all year.
This month’s challenge:
Help focus your inner light by increasing your study of the Saviors life in thescriptures as well as in the monthly Church publications.
February- Bottles of Water
On the Second Month of ChristmasPure Life Water is the clue
To represent the Savior’s
 Living Water just for you!
“If any man thirst, let him come
unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water.”
 John 7:37-38.
This month’s challenge:
 Seek out an attribute of Christ in the scriptures that you would like to have and try to emulate it allmonth.
March- A Jar of Jam
On the 3rd month of ChristmasSweet homemade jamTo remind you of the sweetnessWe should show our fellow man!
This month’s challenge:
 
Do something really “sweet” for
someone outside of your family.
 
April- Spices
On the 4th month of ChristmasSome spices we do shareTo represent the spices brought By the wise men to show they care!
Gold, frankincense & myrrh were given to the Christ Child by the wise man. They had both practical andsymbolic meaning. They were symbolic of Chris
t’s life,
ministry and eventual atonement. The gold wouldhave helped the family in their exodus to Egypt. The frankincense was often used in sacrifices and themyrrh was used as part of the body preparation for burial.
 
This month’s challenge:
This month, think of what gift (or act) you can offer to the Savior personally.
May- Cookies
 On the 5th Month of ChristmasSome cookies for rememberingThat sweet is the peaceThe gospel brings
This month’s challenge:
For Family Home Evening, look up scriptures that bring you peace and sharewith each other why those scriptures help you to feel peace.
June- Bread and Butter Knife
 
On the 6th Month of ChristmasThis yummy bread and butter knifeWe bring to you to represent 
The Lord, the “Bread of Life”
 
This month’s challenge:
Think of ways that you can nourish
yourself better with “The Word”
andimplement them in your life and
your family’s life.
 
July- Nativity Ornament 
On the 7th month of ChristmasOr Christmas in July An ornament depictingWho makes Santa want to fly!
This month’s challenge:
Christmas will be here before you know it! Start saving your pennies so that at Christmas time you can help make the holiday special for a
family in need! Then at Christmas, be a “
Secret 
Santa”—
adopt a family and surprise them with
gifts using the money you’ve saved up!
 
 
 
August- An empty, decorative bowl
On the 8th month of Christmas
 An empty vessel’s a strange gift 
 But fill it with the blessingsThat the Lord has blessed you with!
This month’s challenge:
For a family home evening activity, have each family member write down all theblessings that they are most thankful for. Fold them up and put them in the wooden bowl. Then taketurns pulling them out and reading them out-loud.
September- A Candy Cane
On the 9th month of Christmas A candy cane for your tree As well as a little poem And a little pre-holiday treat!
Legend of the Candy CaneLook at the Candy Cane, what do you see?Stripes that are red like the blood he shed for me.White is for my Savior, who's sinless and pure!"J" is for Jesus, My Lord, that's for sure!Turn it around and a staff you will see-Jesus my shepherd was born for me.
October- Angel doll, or ornament 
On the 10th month of ChristmasThe angel, she will singJust like the angels who announcedThe birth of Christ the King!
This month’s challenge:
Listen to good music that makes you happy and that has good messages. Noticehow much better you can feel when you listen to appropriate music! (Even throw on your favoriteChristmas songs to get you feeling
“Christmasy”)
 
November- A Christmas Story Book, such as
‘  
Twas the Night Before Christmas
” 
 
On the 11th month of Christmas A book of stories for you to read,Tales of the seasonTo help get you in the Christmas mood!
This month
s challenge: Take time to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. Be inspired by the love andservice of our Savior through the tales of kindness of others.

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