Long, Long Ago

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1).
Winds through the olive trees
Softly did blow
Round little Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.
Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow;
Shepherds were watching them,
Long, long ago.
Then, from the happy sky,
Angels bent low,
Singing their songs of joy,
Long, long ago.
For in a manger bed,
Cradled, we know,
Christ came to Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.

Zachary’s Star

Zachary found the shiny star the Sunday before Christmas. He asked Mommy. “Where does it go?”

“I think I know,” she said. “You see if you can find where it belongs.”

Zachary looked at the Christmas tree, but the star at the top was still there. “Do you know where this star goes?” he asked Daddy.

“I think I know,” Daddy said. “You see if you can find where it belongs.”

Zachary looked at Mommy’s ears, then said to himself, “It’s too big to be one of Mommy’s earrings.”

He asked his big brother, Keith, “Do you know where this star goes?”

“I think I know,” Keith told him. “You see if you can find where it belongs.”

“OK,” Zachary said. He closed his eyes tightly and thought. But he couldn’t think where the star belonged. He went to play with the nativity scene while he waited for family home evening to start. As he tried to stand the angel on top of the stable, he had an idea.

When family home evening started, Daddy asked, “Who has something to share with us?”

“I do,” said Zachary. He put the star on top of the stable in the nativity scene. “Here is where the star goes—above Baby Jesus.”

Eatable Christmas Candle

1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon marshmallow creme

1/2 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice

1 banana

lemon juice

1 slice pineapple

1 maraschino cherry

  1. 1.

    Mix cheese, creme, and cherry juice; set aside.

  2. 2.

    Cut off both ends of banana, roll in lemon juice, and stand in center of pineapple ring on plate.

  3. 3.

    Dab cheese mixture on top of banana so that mixture will drip down sides, like melted wax. (Use any leftover mixture at bottom to help hold banana in place.)

  4. 4.

    Place cherry on top for flame; refrigerate.

Miniature Christmas Tree

To make this gift, you will need: pinecone; small, shallow, disposable bowl; grass seed; and scissors.

  1. 1.

    Ask older person to cut off stem of cone so that it will stand.

  2. 2.

    Soak cone in water for half an hour.

  3. 3.

    Sprinkle seeds evenly over cone, then stand it in bowl.

  4. 4.

    Fill bowl with 1/2″ (1.3 cm) water; set in sunny window.

  5. 5.

    Watch carefully, and replace water as needed.

  6. 6.

    Cut grass to tree shape.

Sugar and Spice

If you’ll help Timmy Mouse
Find the gingerbread house,
He’ll nibble at the door
And the roof and the floor.

Tree Ornaments

To make each ornament, you will need: wrapping paper or used Christmas card; heavy, plain paper; scissors; colored construction paper; glue; and short piece of thread.

  1. 1.

    Mount picture from wrapping paper or card on heavy paper; cut out, leaving tabs at widest edges (see illustration).

  2. 2.

    Cut strip of construction paper long enough to encircle picture (see illustration) and overlap a little bit; glue overlap.

  3. 3.

    Fold in tabs; glue to inside of construction-paper circle.

  4. 4.

    Double thread, loop through circle, then knot.

Pet Toy

To make this toy for a favorite pet, you will need: large, empty spool; long piece of yarn; two jingle bells.

  1. 1.

    Thread yarn through one bell, then through spool.

  2. 2.

    Thread yarn through second bell, then pull tight and knot at one end.

  3. 3.

    Wrap remaining yarn around middle of spool (one layer only), knot, and cut off excess yarn.

Eatable Yule Log

2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup chopped dates

2 cups chopped nuts

1 cup cream

  1. 1.

    Stir together all ingredients till thoroughly mixed.

  2. 2.

    Shape into one large or several small logs.

  3. 3.

    Wrap in foil or plastic wrap; refrigerate.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robyn S. Officer