Micah. Micah was a prophet who foretold where Jesus was going to be born. In Micah 5:2 he writes "But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Micah wrote this about 700 years before Jesus was born!
To mark this important message we made slices of bread because Bethlehem means "house of bread" and Jesus is the "bread of life". The kids bread turned out to be quite a humble slice of bread. It's simpleness summarizes much of how the book of Micah tells us to live our lives, to act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
After cutting out a slice of bread from card stock we mixed paint. We had no brown paint so we mixed orange and blue. With a dark brown they painted the "crust" on the bread. For the middle they added more orange to make a lighter brown for the inside (whole wheat of course!). When they are dry we will put a string on them and place them on the tree.