The December 2011 Visiting Teaching message talks again about an “extensive sphere of action” – how as we serve in our homes and communities, we have great influence on those around us. To illustrate this sphere, I made a “Surprise Snowball” with elements of the message (in treat form) wrapped inside layers of crepe paper.
These are all the things I tucked inside the snowball: a pencil for marking scriptures (although I would recommend a much shorter pencil to fit in the snowball better!), some yeast symbolizing how we can magnify (or increase) our service in callings, a globe ornament ball signifying our influence in the world, pretzels as folded arms in prayer, sunflower seeds as faith, gift chocolates as the gifts and talents we have to share with others, and a candy bar to make the foundation of a “home”.
Here they are with all their tags attached.
I started out by putting the gift chocolates in a small box along with the discussion question. On the lid I taped a quote from the message. (You could also make a toilet paper roll pillow box if you don’t have boxes on hand)
Then I started wrapping and wrapping the box with crepe paper, and adding each surprise after every few layers. (You can get the instructions for the globe ornament here. I used an old atlas for my paper strips.)
At the end of the snowball (are you loving the pencil sticking out of it? ;), I taped this tag to the top layers. I then wrapped the whole thing in some cellophane and tied it up with ribbon and the snowball tag.
I thought it would be fun to give a gift and the Visiting Teaching message all in one sweet package. Hope you enjoy this, and have a wonderful holiday season!
You can download the Surprise Snowball tags below:
Thank you so much to my translators: Birgitta, Blanche, Christine, Ana Carolina and Delmy!