For Little Friends

By Shannon Ostler


The First Christmas Night

Long, long ago on the first Christmas night,
A new star appeared and shone with great light.
An angel told shepherds of Jesus Christ’s birth,
Of the newborn King who would bring peace to earth.
The shepherds went quickly to the stable where lay
The wee Baby Jesus, asleep on the hay.
And later the brightness of the new shining star
Guided the Wise Men with their gifts from afar.
But on that first Christmas, with angels singing above,
Was the best Christmas present—the Gift of God’s love.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robyn S. Officer

Gift Box

To make a box to hold Christmas Candy Cookies or other small gift, you will need: lightweight poster board, tracing paper, pencil, scissors, glue, tape, and decorations such as Christmas stickers or pictures from Christmas cards or wrapping paper.

Gift Box(click to view larger)

Gift Box Pattern

  1. 1.

    Use pencil and tracing paper to trace box pattern on page 11.

  2. 2.

    Cut out pattern, trace onto poster board, and cut out box along solid lines, including handle holes and slits in top flaps.

  3. 3.

    Decorate box in same places that are shaded in box pattern.

  4. 4.

    Fold along all broken lines in pattern on this page.

  5. 5.

    Glue side flap to inside of box (see illustration).

  6. 6.

    When glue is completely dry, fold tabs in order (see illustration), and tape on inside.

  7. 7.

    To close box at top, fit top flap slits together.

Christmas Candy Cookies

4 tablespoons margarine, softened

1/4 cup light corn syrup

pinch of salt

3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

chopped nuts or flaked coconut or raisins or chopped candied fruit or chocolate chips or small candies

  1. 1.

    Cream syrup and salt into margarine.

  2. 2.

    Mix in sugar a little at a time, kneading well with each addition. Add a very few drops of water, if needed.

  3. 3.

    When mixture is smooth and thick, divide into three or four bowls, and mix one of remaining ingredients into each portion.

  4. 4.

    Form into 1″ (2.5 cm) balls, place on cookie sheet, flatten slightly with fingers, and chill until firm.