Christmas in May
Who is thinking of Christmas at this time of the year? Well, just mention Christmas to children and its amazing how their thought process can go from Spring activities to the most wonderful time of the year.
At the Church of the Resurrection in Muncy, a committee came up with the fund raising idea of selling packets of Christmas cards by using drawings created by the children and youths of the Sunday Religious Education classes. The committee furnished the supplies (paper, colored pencils etc.) and asked the members of each grade level, to create images of their favorite recollections of the Christmas season. To peak their interest, the committee added that there would be a prize for the best drawing from kindergarten; 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd and 4th grade; 5th and 6th grade and 7th and 8th grade.
The classes applied themselves diligently and the outcome was beyond expectations. The renderings they handed in were exactly what the committee had hoped they would be– original, thoughtful, reverent, artful, and in some cases, very humorous. They included trees, stars, manger scenes, angels, super-heroes, snow and one even included its own UPC bar code on the back.
The parish youth of the Religious Education classes had great fun recalling special Christmas thoughts and the incentive of prizes probably helped considerably. Now the task becomes somewhat more difficult–deciding which five of all these wonderful creations should receive a prize. The undertaking was given to parish members with an art or creative or teaching background. It was not without much heart wrenching consideration, but the selections were finally made and the five best were chosen and will appear on the 2010 Church of the Resurrection Christmas card packets.
In an effort to stay as “Green” as possible, the cards will be printed on recycled paper and packaged with a ribbon and small “Christmassy’ decoration, thus eliminating plastics and costly boxes. The cards should be available for sale in plenty of time for Christmas mailing.