We started in early November preparing for Christmas because I don't know about you, but I can't stand putting up Christmas decorations and then tearing them down like 3 weeks later. We wanted to get the most out of our decorations. You've probably heard of this kind of series because many other churches have used this theme. We decided, we wanted to make it our own and go all out for Christmas. In our series, we highlighted some of our Christmas favorites, Elf, A Christmas Carol, The Grinch, Home Alone, Frozen and The Nativity. There are so many things that we found in these movies that convey scripture and we ran with it. We kept our Christmas decorations up from early November to Mid January. We ended with Frozen because technically it's not a Christmas Movie, but it is because it has snow! Don't ask... our Kidz just love Frozen so we we did a three week series to wrap it up.
We draped all of our ceilings with Christmas lights from one corner to another. It illuminated the room like crazy and really worked out well! We added a Christmas Tree, a park bench, lighted garland, big sidewalk Christmas bulb lights and dollar tree lighted candles. We sprayed all of our windows with spray snow and our park bench, as well. We placed cotton snow all around our stage except for the spot our preteens stand to lead worship. The black sheet is something that we used when we first moved in the building to hide a massive window that takes up 95% percent of our stage space, it's awful for us, but it has become an advantage as time has passed. When we started this series, there was nothing we could do about it so we improvised and took some of the excess snow we had and stuck it all around the sheet to represent snow falling.
We decorated our hallway and entry way with our own rendition of the movies we highlighted. We had Frozen (which we turned into UnFrozen), Elf (which we turned into Selfie), A Christmas Carol (which we turned into A Hipster Christmas Carol), Home Alone (which we turned into Not So Home Alone), and The Grinch (which we turned into Mr.Stinch.) We used vistaprint.com and printed out a large size of each one of posters we made. These were a big hit and we have the Photoshop files for everything we created and if you would want them just comment and let us know. We'd be happy to send them to you!