Christmas Balls and Decorations

                       Christmas is a day of festivity. No matter the status in life, race, or religion culture has set this special day proclaiming the graces people receive from GOD. Everyone in thanksgiving, share, donate, and feast on this day of "Emmanuel" (God is with us).

The Seminarians from the Rogationist Seminary (Saint Hannibal Formation Center) made Coco Balls as project for the Christmas season. The balls were made from coconut husk, coated with paper, then painted gold and decorated with flowers and ribbons.

"Can I call them Saint Hannibal Christmas balls?" I asked.

"Yes, " Brother Sherwin answered.

The seminarians have various projects, though the challenge of their brain wrenching Philosophy subjects. They created these balls for the benefit of the children apostolate. In the seminary, the balls will be hanged in the Christmas tree and those who would like to get one can buy it and help in the project.

When I tried to sell the Christmas balls in the bazaar, many people got curious about it. Its gold coat attracted eyes. Some even asked "Are there chocolates inside?" Maybe they thought there can be chocolate inside because the balls are big and looks like to be a gift ball. It's big as the large Hershey's/Kisses chocolate in a box.

Way back, I remember making Christmas balls, too. Every time we had those kinds of projects in school, I was very excited. I always wished to create something beautiful.

Here are some projects for kids and teens. (Mother's, too)

1. Plastic balls with straw

Gather small plastic balls.
Get one big needle and straws of various colors.
Needle from the ball top to bottom. Open straw slowly.
Sew until the whole ball is covered with straw.
Decorate or glue beads around surface.

2. Plastic balls with pins and sequins

Gather small to medium plastic balls.
Prepare all materials like flat and long sequins, and pins.
Thread long bead and sequin into pin.
Embed pins and beads into the surface of the plastic ball.
Finish until the surface is all covered.
The finished ball will look so elegant and sparking bright.

3. Soap balls or soap squares with toothpick

Get body or detergent soap.
Cut into squares or circles/balls. (Size can be small or big)
Put clean toothpicks around the squared or balled soap.
Soap can be white or of attractive colors.
Make at least 15-20 palm-sized ball/squares.
Stack the finished balls/squares(one upon the other).
Create a small Christmas tree and decorate with tassels.

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