The Gift

And there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son (D&C 93:15).
Softly glowing starlight
From Christmas skies above
Reminds me of another star,
A symbol of God’s love.
I seem to see a stable
Bathed in heaven’s radiant light,
A tiny baby sleeping
On a still and holy night.
I hear the choirs of angels,
See shepherds, Wise Men too!
Hope lay wrapped in heaven’s light,
God’s gift to me and you.
The twinkling of each tiny star
In God’s bright heaven above
Reminds me of that treasured night
He sent the world His Son.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Fuzzy Polar Bears

chocolate chips


shredded coconut

  1. 1.

    Stirring constantly, melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. 2.

    Insert a toothpick into each marshmallow, dip it into the chocolate, then roll it into the coconut. Place the marshmallow on a sheet of waxed paper and remove the toothpick. Let cool before eating.

Hot Cinnamon Milk Mix

2 cups powdered milk

1 cup powdered creamer

1 cup sugar

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

  1. 1.

    Mix all the ingredients together.

  2. 2.

    Put into a jar or other container with a lid, wrap or decorate, attach the instructions below with Christmas ribbon, and give as a gift.

Hot Cinnamon Milk

  1. 1.

    Fill a cup or mug 1/3 full with the mix.

  2. 2.

    Add several drops of vanilla, to taste.

  3. 3.

    While stirring, fill the cup with boiling water. Keep stirred.

Ladybug Racers

To make a ladybug racer, you will need: half a walnut shell, paint, a marble, and a smooth board at least 18″ (46 cm) long.

  1. 1.

    Paint the walnut shell to look like a ladybug, or any other design you like.

  2. 2.

    Place one end of the board on a few books so that the board is slanted.

  3. 3.

    Put a marble under the walnut shell and let it roll down the board.

Make several racers and have contests with your friends or family, or give them as gifts.

Christmas Tag

To make a Christmas Tag, you will need: a pencil, green construction paper, scissors, a hole punch, ribbon, glue, and pieces of cereal or pasta.

Trace the pattern here onto green construction paper; cut it out. Punch a hole at the top of the tree, and thread a ribbon through it. Glue pieces of cereal or small, uncooked pasta onto the tree as ornaments. Tie the tag onto a present or hang it as an ornament on your Christmas tree.

[photos] Photos by Phil Shurtleff