Published by Evangelical Church Library Association
Though this book presents a number of crafts and activities, many of them lack depth. For example, one of the suggested crafts was simply to decorate a notebook with cardstock and stickers. Another suggested craft was making bath bombs, but the instructions included seeking out a recipe from the internet. While these crafts aim to make prep time easier, they are also unimpressive in their result. Conversely, many of the activities are complicated or expensive. For example, one of the recipes calls for a trained chef. Some crafts involve upcycling furniture or building a small wooden stool. When planning a large church event, those organizing will prefer the convenience of simpler activities.
Messy Christmas does, however, have heart in the message of Christ. Many of the provided activities inspire thought about the less fortunate during the Christmas season. Some even make an active effort to help those in need, like creating donation boxes. Messy Christmas does not venture from the biblical Christmas story in its effort to make scripture both accessible and entertaining for children.