Shortly after, I taught my 3rd grade students to make origami boxes with lids. Besides being useful for the holidays, folding and the instruction that goes along with it, gives students the exposure to terms like perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and right angles.
After we created the boxes, I pinned each to the board in the shape of a Christmas tree. They can be arranged in multiple patterns for any time of the year. I placed slips of paper into each box including an act of kindness (ex. Help with the dishes today without being asked.) and a joke. Then, we opened the boxes throughout the month, reading what was inside.
The kids enjoyed opening the boxes and reading the jokes and acts of kindness. Plus, the day before Winter Break, they took the boxes home.