CCD is the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, the religious teaching program of the Catholic Church for school-aged children. In a typical large parish, class sizes range from 10 to 25 students, so finding affordable Christmas gifts for each student can be a challenge.
Since your mandate as a teacher is to teach Christian doctrine, your class gifts should not only be something the children will enjoy, but also create a teaching moment, reinforcing a recent lesson or the overall theme of the class.
Nativity Scene Figurines
Inexpensive plastic nativity figurines can be purchased at your local or online Catholic or Christian bookstore. On the last class before the Christmas break, study the nativity story and have the children each make and decorate their own stable from a shoe box and craft supplies. Leave time at the end of the class for a small Christmas celebration and give the gifts to complete the nativity scene.
Although you will likely be at least halfway through the Advent season before your CCD class takes its Christmas break, an Advent calendar or wreath can make a good Christmas gift. Children enjoy counting toward events such as Christmas morning.
To make an Advent wreath, purchase four candles, holders and live evergreen boughs. An Advent devotional resource provided by the parish will complete the gift. Encourage the children to have their parents light the Advent candles each evening at dinner, which will help the children connect the class to their family life.
Christmas tree ornaments and snow globes featuring nativity scenes make good gifts for CCD, as they reinforce the meaning of Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Story books about the birth of Jesus and about Christmas as a time of giving are available at Catholic and Christian book stores.
Browse through your local or online Catholic store to find religious-themed gifts. Crosses and rosaries are gifts that will be used all year round, as are children's Bibles, story books about the saints and devotional items such as wall plaques.
If you enjoy doing crafts and give yourself enough lead time, you can make gifts for the children. A laminator, Christian graphics and a little imagination is all you need to make unique bookmarks. You can cross-stitch small religious-themed tree ornaments or wall hangings. A small fabric banner with a nativity theme or in honor of the parish's patron saint will be a unique gift.
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