Christmas in October

UPDATE: Since the publication of this post, letter-writing guidelines have changed and as a result you may not be able to send some of these items through Compassionโ€™s correspondence system. Before you send your letter, please review our letter-writing guidelines.

Advent candles in October? Wait a minute? Christmas is still 2 1/2 months away!

advent candles

Now I know it is just the beginning of October, but given the fact that mail to our sponsored children can take 2 to 3 months, now is the time to find and pin some creative Christmas items to make and send to our sponsored children this year.

Print out these Bible verse ornaments on card stock for your sponsored child. To make them a little more durable, laminate them or cover them with clear contact paper.

bible verses

Get your kids and family involved with this one! Have different family members use their hand print for the camels. Just make sure your paper is no longer than 8 1/2 by 11 inches.

hand prints

How about a few questions to ask your sponsored child about Christmas?

  • How do you celebrate Christmas with your family?
  • What special Christmas traditions are there in your country?
  • Do you have a favorite Christmas song?
  • Do you prefer to give gifts or receive them?
  • What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Have you joined our Second Friday Writing Club on Pinterest? If not, be sure to leave the URL for your Pinterest profile in a comment below, and I will add you to our growing group of โ€œpinnersโ€!

I would love for you to join us in finding wonderful projects and ideas to share with our sponsored children each month.

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  1. Kim November 12, 2014

    I’m brand new to pininterest and trying to get the hang of it. Love the idea of sending coloring pages and games in my letters.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan November 12, 2014

      Hi Kim! Welcome to Pinterest :). I hope you enjoy it; I personally find great things all over Pinterest but especially wonderful letter writing ideas for my kiddos! I sent an invitation to your email to be a part of the Second Friday Letter Writing Club. Happy pinning!

  2. Sharlene March 2, 2014

    Hi, I would love to be added. I am already following the board. thanks

    1. Yvonne Reynolds March 4, 2014

      Hello Sharlene, thanks for following our board! I just sent your invite ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Brandie October 27, 2013

    Hi Yvonne! I would love to be added.

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 28, 2013

      Hi Brandie, just sent your invite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Judy October 26, 2013

    Is there anyone going on this trip? My husband and I are going, our first trip. It would be nice to communicate with you and get some ideas on what to bring, etc. Who knows, maybe we live near each other. Judith Poisson

  5. JUDY POISSON October 23, 2013

    I have 3 sponsored children, Bolivia, Haiti and Dom Republic.
    I receive updated pictures of our child in Bolivia, but have not received any from Haitia or Dom Republic.
    Is it possible to send monetary gift to the center of our children and request them to purchase a camera so that updates would be available to us as the child matures? The camera would be available to all children of the center. Perhaps one of the new Polaroid cameras? Thanks.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler October 23, 2013

      Hi Judy! What a creative idea! I like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Currently, full case study and photo updates are done every two years for each child. You are welcome to send a student center gift and you may make designations. However, the ultimate decision about how the gift will be used is based upon the greatest need of the center. We have cameras available for when a child or family gift exceeds $60 to take a picture of the child, family, and gifts. We are also working to make updates more frequent and better quality. Stay tuned for these types of updates in the next few years!

  6. Christina October 22, 2013

    I know the final date to send Christmas donations is October 31 to arrive by Christmas but what is the approximate final date for mail to arrive in time for Christmas??

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler October 23, 2013

      Hi Christina! We actually recommend getting all gifts and letters in before October 31 to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. Gifts and letters take roughly the same time to be sent. We like to keep it simple that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Amee October 22, 2013

    I would love to follow you on pinterest!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 22, 2013

      Amee, we would love to add you to our board. Be sure to follow us, then we can add you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 22, 2013

      LIndsay, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, then we can add you to the board ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Richard October 19, 2013

    I have created the Christmas ornaments in Spanish in Powerpoint . I would love to upload them so that others can use them. Is this possible, and if so, how?

  9. Angie October 9, 2013

    So I purchased some paint with water coloring pages that have the paints attached to every page (wish I knew how to attach a picture). Do you think that these will be okay to send?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler October 10, 2013

      Hi Angie! Regrettably, we can only send paper items so the coloring pages would be fine but the paints would not. I’m so sorry that you have already bought them! Maybe you could remove the paints and just send the coloring pages? Each Compassion student center has coloring items at the project for the children to use.

  10. Lane McLoud October 9, 2013

    Please add me

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      Lane, the link you provided does not work. You can e-mail us at compassionpinterest at gmail dot com and we can add you that way.

  11. Alicia Quenemoen October 9, 2013

    Please add me too. Thanks!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      We would love to add you, just sent your invite!

  12. Natalie McNee October 9, 2013

    Hi, I would love to join your Pinterest group, my url is:

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      Hey Natalie, for some unknown techy reason, I am having trouble adding you to the group board. Can you send us an e-mail at compassionpinterest at gmail dot com? We will get you added!

  13. Barbara McMillan October 8, 2013

    Please add me!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      Barbara, your invite has been sent!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      Just sent your invite Susan!

  14. Janna October 8, 2013

    I’d love to join you on Pinterest as well… desperate for fresh ideas!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      Hope you can inspire you with the creative pins that have been found! Just sent your invite.

  15. RaShell Southerland October 8, 2013

    I would love to join you on Pinterest! Thank you!

    1. Yvonne Reynolds October 10, 2013

      And we would love to have you join us! Your invite was just sent. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mike Stephens October 8, 2013

    It’s never too early for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! Our God is an AWesome God even in Chinese!

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