Family Night Fun

    “Family Night Fun,” Friend, December 2017

    Family Night Fun

    Here are some family home evening ideas from this month’s magazine. What other ideas can you come up with?

    Family Night Fun

    Illustrations by Thomas S. Child and Matt Smith

    A Gift for Jesus

    Read “A Sister’s Gift” on page 4. With your family, talk about what makes a gift special. Then try this activity!

    1. Use a bowl to trace four circles. Cut them out.

    2. Glue the circles together so they meet in the middle.

    3. Fold each circle down where the edges meet.

    4. Tuck the edges under each other to close the package.

    5. You can write a gift you want to give Jesus, like being kind, and put it in your gift box to remember!

    The Best Gifts

    You’ve been given lots of gifts. Some are from your family or friends, and some are from Heavenly Father. What are the best gifts you’ve received? Here are a few ideas. Fill out the rest!

    • your body

    • love

    • your talents: _____________________________

    • a favorite toy: __________________________

    • __________________________________________________

    • __________________________________________________

    Gingerbread People

    Make gingerbread people with your family! Use icing to draw a heart on each one so you can remember to share your love this Christmas. Be sure to get an adult’s help.

    1/2 cup softened butter

    3/4 cup brown sugar

    1/2 cup molasses

    2 eggs

    3 cups flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon ginger

    1/2 teaspoon cloves

    1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Mix in the molasses and eggs.

    2. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Add it to the first bowl a little at a time, mixing well.

    3. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

    4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch (1 cm) thick. Cut the dough in the shape of people.

    5. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 6–8 minutes. Let the cookies cool. Decorate and enjoy!

    Bonus Treat

    Try this treat for FHE! Be sure to get an adult’s help.

    Put thick banana slices, strawberry halves, and pineapple on a skewer to make a snowman! Use chopped raisins and pieces of carrot to decorate.

    More FHE Ideas

    Look for these pictures in the magazine to find the stories and articles they go with! (Find the page numbers below.)

    Idea 1: Read “Gabriel’s Cello.” Talk about what talents you have to make people smile. How can you help someone this Christmas?

    Idea 2: Start your Christmas countdown! How can you follow Jesus’s teachings to help others? Read “The Christmas-List Surprise” to see what Samantha D. did.

    Idea 3: Read “The Christmas Eve Guest” together. How can you reach out to people around you? Elder Pieper has some ideas on the Friend to Friend story too.

    • Idea 1: 8; Idea 2: 24, 16; Idea 3: 36, 20