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Two words... Ugly Sweaters.
Each year we encourage students to find and wear the ugliest Christmas-themed sweaters they can find. It creates a fun/silly atmosphere and ups the involvement of the students.
We do a white-elephant gift exchange (with a $5 limit) and then vote for "ugliest sweater" among the students. (winner gets a gift card).
It's a really great time. Added a pic below.

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Instead of a gift exchange, we sponsor a child from our community who the clothing & toy gift are the only gifts they receive. $20 for each gift and the whole church gets involved. We watch a movie and have pizza, punch and cookies. Pretty simple but life changing to see the students go to the store and purchase a gift with money from their own pocket and then a life change when we deliver the gift to the community center.

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We do a Christmas Ball. Everyone gets dressed up and the adults serve a fancy meal to the youth. We hire a an instructor to guide us in ballroom dancing. The youth and adults love it!

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Our Christmas theme this year is "Seriously Ridiculous." It's from YS's 2008 convention. We're using the artwork mainly. On the 16th of Dec. we are doing the Seriously Ridiculous Christmas Sweater Christmas Party. We will be white elephanting and eating tacos and wearing bad Christmas Sweaters.

One thing that we do though in the white elephant is that we have a gift that has been circulating for a couple years. It's the largest pair of women's undies in the history of the world. It's so funny cause the boys try to avoid it and last year our tiniest girl got the pair. Hilarious. She'll give them away this year and usually the 7th graders end up with that present.

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you ca find lots of christmas party ideas for free at www.creativeyouthideas.com just type "christmas" into the search box

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This is my second year doing it at my current ministry. They usually do a progressive dinner. We began last year by putting a theme on it. Last year's theme was "Feliz Navidad". Our theme this year is "A Tacky Christmas".

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We always do a "white elephant" gift exchange with funny gifts. Everyone loves that!

I also like the sweater idea that someone mentioned. I might have to implement that this year. Prize for the best/worst!

Of course, lots of music and food are a must. Christmas related games are also fun.

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We usually have a lot of Christmas food, music (we try to do Christmas karaoke), some games (like human Christmas tree decorating, Siamese gift wrapping - two people stand side by side and wrap a box, but one get's to only use his/her left hard, other only their right), and stuff like that. We adopt a child from a local Christmas charity (like angel tree, etc) and instead of doing gifts for each other, we bring money and it goes to buying the child's present. We usually meet up the next day and do some shopping and wrapping together. We have watched Charlie Brown Christmas and had a short devo after as well.

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Usually we like to go for a theme based Christmas party. This year we're planning on doing a 1920's theme murder mystery. It should be interesting. In past years we've done a Superheroes in Hawaii and Medeival feasts.

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Our big hit is to have a white elephant gift exchange party with a bunch of free pizzas
we talk about christmas memories, eat pizza, spend time (2 hours) playing the white elephant game (draw a # pick and unwrap the present and so on.. the kicker is your present can be taken away from you). the student with the most sought after junk wins a free game or movie tickets etc..
we finish the night by inviting students and encourageing students to bring their friends to our churches Christmas Eve services.
it is a big hit..

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A couple of ideas we have done in the past are a Christmas wrapping paper costume contest. You split them up into teams and they pick one person to be the model. Each team gets a roll of wrapping paper, tape, and scissors. You have a big bag of bows and ribbon in the middle for everyone to use. give them 5 minutes to create the best outfit. We then do a "fashion show" and judge the best. We also do a gift exchange, roast marshmallows, and spend time in fellowship with each other. Oh and 2 words...Christmas tacos! Yep.

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