Did you know - according to Google, Finland only receives between four and six hours of daylight during the winter? That is just crazy nuts! I was raised in Alaska and I remember it would get a little light during lunch recess. We walked to school in the dark and we walked home in the dark. I can't remember it really bothering me too much when I was a kid but then again, it was all I knew. I do remember loving the never ending daylight during our brief summers. I recall my mother saying, on more than one occasion, "David? It's two o'clock in the morning! We've got to get these kids to bed!" Funny how if it's light outside we think we need to be awake...and vice versa.
I'm currently serving as the Senior Primary Chorister (best job in the kingdom!) and our Primary pianist is serving a mission in Finland. This week we also had the honor to host a new friend, Elder Nepia from New Zealand. His plane arrived a day earlier than he needed to be at the MTC so we got to host him for the night. Way fun!! Well, it's summer in New Zealand and it is definatly NOT summer in Utah. We decided to send them both a Box of Sunshine to help with the dark winter doldrums. This package has been so much FUN to put together. It's so bright and cheery! How could you help but smile when you open this one?
I found this adorable printable (above) ready and waiting for me at olliebop.com. CUTE!! I printed them on card stock, cut them apart then handed them out to the Primary teachers. The teachers had each of the kids write a short note or draw a picture to Sister Luedtke at the end of class time and then turned them back into me. All I had left to do was tie them all together with a bow. Ta daa!! Done. You could easily hand these out to family, friends and neighbors instead of to a million kids. Not everyone gets to serve in Primary. I'm just really, really blessed. For Elder Nepia, we just sent notes from our family.
While wandering around OllieBop.com (cute as heck site!) I also stumbled upon this free printable (above). So, so cute and beyond perfect for the bottom of our Box of Sunshine. Love it! I just printed it out, trimmed the edges and put it at the bottom of our tissue lined box. Awesome! Thanks, OllieBop!!
Now is the fun part. Fill your box with goodies...just search for anything and everything that is yellow or orange. Avoid reds. It's not too long until the color scheme gets all muddy and the bright sunshiney effect starts to go away. Note: the green packages that you see in the background will get opened up and separated out into smaller bags (see below).
Here's a few ideas to get your juices flowing:
Frito's Corn Chips
Cheddar Cheese Pringle's
Trident Tropical Twist gum
Lifesavers "Orange" Mints
Orange flavored Tic Tac's
Quacker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip granola bars
Starburst candies (original flavor)
Kit Kat bars
Apricot or Peach Fruit Leather
Wheat Thin Crackers
Koolaid Orange or Lemonade mix
Crystal Light individual drink mixes
Orange Crush soda
Mandarin Orange Slice soda
Oreo Cookies - you know, the yellow ones
*Note: Do NOT send fresh fruit of any kind.
(everything comes in that cherry yellow packaging)
Hawaiian Breeze air freshener
(it smells just like summer...or Hawaii, I forget which)
Post it Notes
...you get the idea.
Some of the bags of treats had way too much in them for one person and I wanted to make it easier for Sister Luedtke and Elder Nepia to share with their companions. I made two sets of bag toppers that are designed to fit over the top of a Ziploc Snack size baggie. I dumped all the candy into piles, divided them up into individual bags for each person, zipped them close and placed one bag topper over two candy bags and stapled them shut. Is that as clear as mud? Two bags of the same candy will be attached together with one bag topper. Better? You can download the bag topper here = click here for #1 and here for #2. Print onto cardstock.
Note: Line up the 'fold line' on the bag topper with a straight egde.
Run your finger over the edge to create a nice straight fold.
Fold the tissue over the top of your package and place a cover letter on top introducing the treasures found inside. You can click here for the printable. Your printable will print out as 8 1/2 x 11. Just jot your message on a document and run the printable through your printer. Easy peasy!! What a FUN package to put together.