You can have 2 or 3 different groups for this activity. You'll need to:
- Call the full-time missionaries serving in your area
and invite them. Tell them three groups of children will come and ask them
questions about the missionary life, Christmas spent in the mission field,
their families, their feelings about the mission, etc.
- Call two people from your ward who have served
missions. They will bring things from their missions, such as pictures,
books, dolls, etc., and will set them up in separate rooms. They will talk
to the children about their time serving the Lord while as missionaries.
- Prepare a flier for the children's families announcing
the activity and asking each child to bring to the missionaries, wrapped as
a Christmas gift, items they can consume quick, such as pens, pencils,
envelopes, notepads, stamps, canned soups, canned food, candy bars,
breakfast cereal, dried fruits and nuts, peanut butter, jelly, jam,
crackers, flavored oatmeal, napkins, toilet paper, soap bars, microwave
popcorn, fruit drinks, soda pop, etc.
- A few weeks before this activity, bring to Primary a
basket with some of those items to show to the children. Explain to them how
each item will benefit and bless the missionaries. Bring one of the items
also wrapped as a Christmas gift.
- Decorate a fake small Christmas tree with yellow paper
stars. Each star will have the children's and teacher's names on it.
We also prepared a paper chain to put around the tree. Each circle of the
chain has one of the children's names. (We've asked each class to sign the
star and the chain a few weeks before.)
At the activity:
The children will be welcomed at the door by one of us and will receive colored
small stickers with the Primary colors. Each group will have an assigned
color, an adult leader and together they will rotate from one group to the other.
One of us will ring the bell every 15 minutes for the rotation to happen. As
they arrive, they will put their presents at the Christmas tree.
After the 3 groups were able to visit the 3 presentations, we all meet again,
sing some Primary Christmas songs and tell the missionaries all those presents
are for them. We invite them to open some, and it's just wonderful to see the
joy on their faces! We provide them with boxes or big plastic bags to take home
all the presents and the small Christmas tree.
We call this activity also a "Service Project" from the children to
the missionaries. We all have such a great time as we prepare and participate in
this activity! Since we have different missionaries every year, this is still a
new experience to all of us, every December.