Are you looking for an inexpensive gift that helps you share the true meaning of Christmas? This Nativity Christmas Story Trail Mix is perfect as a mason jar gift or a treat to bring to your next Christmas get-together!
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The Christmas Story…Through Food
I am super-excited to share this post with you today! First, I am not by any stretch the crafty, creative DIYer. I really wish I were, and to be honest, I am really working on it – but it’s not intuitive for me. So, this is my first sort-of DIY project I’m sharing. You might be underwhelmed – it’s pretty easy and not really that crafty at all, but I’m excited just actually to be doing it.
And second, when I came up with the idea, I didn’t even want to look at Pinterest. Usually, the way it goes is that I come up with this ‘million dollar idea” and then, I look on Pinterest, and a million other people have done it. This happens All. The. Time. But guess what? My sister looked for me – and this is not anywhere else on Pinterest! A win for the little guy, right?!?
To be fair, I was ‘inspired’ by something I saw on Pinterest, but what I’m sharing today is not on Pinterest.
A few weeks ago, I happened upon a “Thanksgiving Mix.‘ I have no idea who the original creator is, but there are bunches of versions on Pinterest. Basically, it’s a whole bunch of symbolic Thanksgiving treats that you put together in a jar as sort of a yummy trail mix.
I thought, ‘I’d really love to do that for Christmas!’ So, after a bit of thinking, I came up with The Nativity Christmas Story Trail Mix. How great would it be to tell the Christmas story through food, right?!?
I’ve been all about mason jar gifts (all things Christmas DIY – like farmhouse decor, Christmas card holders, free printables, and advent calendars) this year – and this is my own take on the mason jar gift – in addition to sharing the Gospel! It’s perfect for teachers, coaches, bus drivers , hostess gifts, friends – and you can make this in bulk and keep the costs down! My favorite thing about this is that it keeps the focus on Christ and why we are celebrating Christmas. Sometimes, we don’t always get to share the Gospel with others, but this clearly identifies us as believers. Love that!
This is also perfect just to have in a big bowl for your family, cookie exchanges or Christmas parties. It’s a simple, easy snack you can bring that is festive and delicious!
Below are the food ingredients and decoration materials, with links for your convenience. They are all linked to Target, which had the best prices, and to make it convenient for you. Fast shipping, and it’s free if you’re a TargetRed member!
Nativity Christmas Story Trail Mix
- Hershey’s Holiday Hugs
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chopped dates
- Mini pretzels (the ones that are the traditional shape)
- Popcorn – I just made my own with popcorn I already had, but you can buy it as well!
- Mini 3 Musketeers – Make sure you get the mini-sized, not the fun-sized! (Guess how I figured that one out?!?)
- Brach’s Chocolate Stars – These can be a little hard to find. I found them at Target in the store, but you can’t get them Target Online. You can buy them online on Amazon,
- Hershey Kisses with Almonds Gold Chocolates – You can use any chocolate or candy wrapped in gold – chocolate balls, chocolate coins. I even found knock-off peanut butter cups wrapped in gold at Dollar Tree. Any gold foil-wrapped candy will work.
Here is what each item represents:
HUGS (LUKE 2:7) Mary embraced Jesus and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.
MINI MARSHMALLOWS (LUKE 2:7) Jesus was laid in a manger and had no pillow for His head.
ALMONDS & DATES (LUKE 2:4-5) Almonds & dates are native to Israel – food for weary Mary & Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem.
PRETZELS (LUKE 2:9-14) Angel wings – Angels declare the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.
POPCORN (LUKE 2:15) The shepherds traveled to Bethlehem; corn is food for sheep.
3 MUSKETEERS (MATT. 2:2) Wise men from the East (traditionally 3) came to worship Jesus.
STARS (MATT. 2: 2) Wise men followed the star to find Jesus and worship Him.
GOLD CHOCOLATES (MATT 2:11) The Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
To put it together, just layer it starting with the last item, the gold chocolates, and work your way up. Be sure to mix the dates and almonds together as one item. Also, put just one layer of each item and do not make them too thick. Otherwise, you won’t have enough room to fit in all of the ingredients.
If you have a bag of each item, you will have PLENTY to make several jars and then have some leftover. It takes very little to make one jar. With the leftovers, I just dumped all the candy, almonds and dates into a big bucket, and then added enough pretzels and popcorn to balance out the rest. I threw in the mini-marshmallows sparingly, since most people don’t just pop marshmallows for snacks.
You can totally customize how you dress up these jars to your personal taste! The washi tape, the gift tags, the ribbons – you really can create in a way that suits your style! If you aren’t into the buffalo patterns, you can cut that off the gift tag printable and just glue the Trail Mix Story on a different background.
Here’s what you need and how I put mine together:
Quart Sized Mason Jars: Make sure you get the quart-sized, not 16 oz. You will not be able to fit all the items in the smaller jar!
Nativity Trail Mix Tags: You can download the printable tag by filling out the box below! Print it out on cardstock for best results. It prints out 4 to a sheet. If you wanted to customize your look and didn’t want to go with the buffalo check border, I’ve also included a printable on just plain white paper, no border. Both are available when you fill in the box at the end of the post.
Washi Tape: I found the buffalo print tape and the “Merry and Bright” tape for $1 each at the Bullseye Playground (dollar section) at Target, but this gold tape from Target would be really pretty, too! That section is hit or miss, but I’d suggest that area first. This link is another really pretty Martha Stewart selection from Amazon for holiday washi tape. Michael’s or Walmart also have a nice selection. I wrapped the rim of the lid in one pattern of washi tape, and I used the other pattern to create a band around the jar.
Wooden Stars: I also got the little wooden star ornaments at the dollar section at Target. I took the stars off of the twine that they came with and tied them on the ends of the jute string. You can use any small decorative items for the end of the strings, or they look great all by themselves!
Jute String: This gets wrapped around the top to hold the Trail Mix tags and the gift tags, to give it that rustic look. You can also use bakery string if you like! I got my string at Walmart for about $2. They don’t sell it for that price online (larger quantity only online), but you can get a similar jute string from Target for $3.00 if you wanted to order online.
Burlap Ribbon: I put burlap ribbon on top of the jar. which I got at Dollar Tree. That is also hit or miss. You can buy the burlap ribbon here, or you can use scrapbook paper, a cupcake liner, or other burlap ribbon. Your choice!
Gift Tag: I also bought a package of 6 gift tags from the dollar section at Target. Target has some other really beautiful gift tags to choose from!
Like I said, I am definitely no mastermind when it comes to crafty projects, so, trust me – this is easy enough for anyone. And my favorite part is that while it is yummy and fun, it points back to the real reason for Christmas. This gift will let anyone know what you believe, and that is always the best thing, especially this time of year!
Don’t forget to grab your NATIVITY CHRISTMAS STORY TRAIL MIX FREE PRINTABLE below!
If you create this, please let me know! I’d love to hear how it went!
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