Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments Are a Keepsake

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For those of you reading who celebrate Christmas, you know how much fun it is to open up your boxes of ornaments and take a trip down memory lane. From your childhood favorites to last year’s vacation souvenirs, your ornament collection is a reflection of the life you have lived.

Personalized Christmas ornaments for Girl Scouts

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Now you can start a collection for your daughter or granddaughter who is a Girl Scout. There are Girl Scout Christmas ornaments for girls of all levels. These can be personalized with photos and the year. When you check out an image, you can also see what other shapes the ornament comes in. It can be a circle, square, heart, star or other shape.

Daisy Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments

Many of these ornaments come in different skin tones and hair colors, not just what you see here.

 

Daisy Scout Photo Ornament

Daisy Scout Photo Ornament

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Brownie Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments

 

 

Junior Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments

 

Cadette Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments

Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments 2017

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If you are a Girl Scout leader with a daughter or granddaughter and want to give her a Christmas ornament that has meaning, then here are some that will make her smile from year to year each time she takes them out of the box.

Girl Scout Trefoil Ornament

 Department 56 Girl Scouts Trefoil Oath Hanging Ornament

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Daisy Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments

Department 56 Girl Scouts Daisy Cookie Time Hanging Ornament

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Department 56 Girl Scouts Daisy Personalizable Hanging Ornament

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Department 56 Girl Scouts of America Daisy the Artist Hanging Ornament, 3 inch

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Brownie Girl Scout Christmas Ornament

Here is another Brownie Girl Scout Christmas ornament. You may be able to personalize the trefoil with a gold or silver Sharpie.

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Girl Scout Junior Christmas Ornaments

Department 56 Girl Scouts of America Junior Scientist Hanging Ornament, 3.5 inch

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Department 56 Girl Scouts of America Junior Naturalist Ornament, 3.5"

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Department 56 Girl Scout Junior Camping Hanging Ornament

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Department 56 Girl Scouts Junior Personalizable Hanging Ornament

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10 Activities Your Girl Scout Troop Can Do This Holiday Season

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Now that we are knee deep in the holiday season, there are going to be arguments on the various Girl Scout Facebook pages that I read. They discussions do not change and nor do the opinions of the various posters.

The December Dilemma is something I wrote about at length two years ago. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. If you have a troop where there are girls of various beliefs (and non-beliefs), it becomes a landmine of sensitivity. As a public school teacher for many years, I avoided this in my multicultural classroom by not celebrating any holiday. Sure, the kids would talk about them, but doing crafts or lessons on them is not something I, nor my colleagues, did.

Here are 10 Activities Your Girl ScoutTroop Can Do This December that are inclusive to girls of all faiths

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My Girl Scout troop has always had girls of various faiths in it. As a leader who is Jewish, I was not comfortable doing Christmas activities. However, each December for the past six years, my troop has participated in a community service project that is multi-faith. I have written about it in the past (here is a post about it).  Last week I was asked by the women in charge of this project if my girls would bake again, like they have the past few years. Of course they will! It has become our personal Girl Scout tradition!

Girls have the opportunity to celebrate their family holiday at home and at synagogue or church. Not having a “Christmas party” will not cause any personal damage. In fact, Girl Scouts may be the one place where your girls get a chance to do something for others during this time of year. Giving to others, helping others, and thinking about others in need may be a refreshing change to the commercialism that has now overtaken an important holiday.

So what can your troop do instead of celebrating any December holiday?

1. Bake for the Military 

See if you have a local organization that sends packages overseas or to those living on local military bases to our mlitary who will not be home for Christmas.

2. Visit a Nursing Home

Residents enjoy having visitors. Your girls can sing songs for them-not just holiday, but some Girl Scout favorites as well! When my Nana was in a geriatric home, she enjoyed the children who came to sing for the Jewish holidays (it was a Jewish home). Play Bingo with the residents or prepare a simple craft that you can do together.

3. Build a Marshmallow Igloo

How to Make a Marshmallow Igloo

Photo by Hannah Gold

I did this with my son’s class many years ago. You can find the directions here.

4. Play Minute to Win It Games

Pinterest is full of great ideas for quick games for the girls to play that will make your meeting time rock. You can award a prize to each participant at the end if you wish.

5. Make Thank You Gifts in a Jar

Have the girls make gifts in a jar for someone in their community. If you meet in a school, make one for the principal, school nurse, secretary, custodians…anyone who deserves a thank you! Or you can make them to deliver to your local police station or fire house.

Decide if you want to make a soup recipe, a cookie recipe or a hot chocolate recipe. Make an assembly line and have the girls add a card for a personal touch.

6. Make a Sock Snowman

Here is a fun activity that requires no sewing! You’ll find the complete directions here.

7. Make a Winter Craft

There are many winter crafts that are non-denominational that you can do. They come in ready to use craft kits so planning is easy for you.

Make a Winter Charm Bracelet-Comes With 12 Available on Amazon

Snowman Foam Frames-Comes WIth 12-Available on Amazon

 

Penguin Bean Bag Sewing Kits for Children-Comes WIth 3

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8. Go on a Field Trip

Do something fun with the girls, like go to a trampoline park, go on a Panera tour, or take a free class. Use that cookie money from last year as an incentive to have the girls sell this season so they can go on more fun trips all year long.

9. Visit a Sister Troop

Most areas have more than one troop. Why not meet up with another troop and get to know each other? You can make Swaps together, play games, and get to know other girls in your area.

10. Have a Tea Party

Why not have a tea party and get dressed up in your finest? It is a fun and a way for girls to earn their Manners Try It if you are Brownie Girl Scouts

Being a Sensitive Girl Scout Leader During the Month of December

Over the years, I have written several blog posts about why leaders need to be sensitive to others during the month of December (you can read about it here). It seems kind of silly to me to write about this topic every year, since we as leaders are supposed to be teaching the girls to be Friendly and Helpful, Considerate and Caring, Responsible for What I Say and Do, and Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout). However, during each holiday season, the topic of inclusion is inevitably discussed and how it is not “fair” that one or two Scouts who do not observe Christmas are “spoiling” it for those who do.

Girl Scouts-Handling the Month of December with Sensitivity

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During recent discussions on one of the Facebook pages I read, leaders said they would ask those parents of girls who do not celebrate Christmas if the “minded” doing certain Christmas activities, like making ornaments or going caroling. Many assumed that the parents will not mind, especially if they asked in person or via email, and the parents said it was fine.

But was it really?

As a Jewish parent, I would mind. In fact, one year my older daughter made an ornament with her Brownie troop and brought it home. I was not asked if this was okay, because if I had been asked, I would have said something beforehand. However, there are many parents who will not say anything for fear of rocking the boat and making their child seem like the one who “ruined” or “spoiled” an activity for the majority of girls in the troop.

While we can agree to disagree, I believe that it is unnecessary to make December all about Christmas. The girls get enough of that at home. Girl Scouts is meant to be inclusive, and that means activities and events for everyone in your troop, regardless of how they worship (or how they don’t). We cannot escape the music and decorations and the pressure to give gifts-it is all around us in every store, every magazine and on all kinds of media. However, we can turn this into a season of giving to others and making the world a better place for everyone.

 

Cyber Sale on Zazzle 65% off Girl Scout Stickers Today Only Great for Scrapbooking

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If you are a Girl Scout leader who scrapbooks with her troop, here is a once a year deal that cannot be missed. Zazzle has sheets of Girl Scout stickers for 65% off! That is way less than half price!

Here are just some of the selections from which to choose. There are many more available. You can also order many of them in different shapes like stars or hearts, not just the circle you see on this page. Please read each description carefully for the size of the sticker and how many come per sheet, as each one is different.