Our first-ever Christmas-Themed Gospel Tract Contest has now officially ended. As in the Halloween Tract Contest we sponsored earlier this year, we were thrilled with all the creative ideas readers sent in. Here’s a sampling of the entries we received:
You’ll find polished versions of the award winning designs below. Although they are pictured in color, they will print black and white. We always use colored copy paper or card stock to print ours. If you like the bright, colorful versions, you’ll want to do the same.
Ideas for Using these Christmas Tracts
There are lots of ways to use these tracts during the Christmas season. For instance, you could…
- Give one (along with a generous tip) to your waiter or waitress when eating out
- Pass tracts and candy canes out to your neighbors when Christmas caroling door to door
- Include a couple when stuffing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
- Tuck one inside “blessing boxes” full of snacks and toiletries for the homeless
- Send one in a letter to a child sponsored through Compassion International
- Slide a tract in with the Christmas cards or letters you send to friends and family
- Invite your children’s classmates to a birthday party for Jesus and include tracts in their goodie bags
- Leave one in your mailbox attached to a box of cookies for your mail carrier
I’m sure you can think of even more uses. (Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.)
And now, without further adieu, we’d like to announce our contest winners. Again, it was impossible to narrow it down to just three. We ended up with a couple of ties. Here’s the run down:
1st Place (tie): The Best Gift of All
A full 50% of the entries we received revolved around the “Jesus is the best gift of all” theme. That’s understandable, because it is 100% true!
What set this design by Nathan S. apart from all the others, though, was the excellent artwork. He drew it all himself, and submitted such high-resolution copies that I was able to use all of it on the final version of this tract. Isn’t it beautiful?
1st Place (tie): Can Rudolph Light the Way?
We thought this clever design by Kate D. was adorable and so smart. We loved all the Scripture she used to tie the theme together, too!
Kate splits the $300 first-place prize with Nathan.
2nd Place (tie): Do Reindeer Really Fly?
This eye-catching tract by Sarah B. takes a similar tack. It uses a secular notion of Christmas to draw readers in and point them to the real reason we celebrate.
Sarah splits the $200 second prize with the next contest winner.
2nd Place (tie): All about A Gift
The little girl who submitted this well-articulated idea is only 9 years old. Her name is Jane D. Didn’t she do a fabulous job designing her gospel tract?
3rd Place: Counting Snowflakes
Micah S. won the 3rd place prize of $100 for his Snowflake-themed gospel tract. Since this one is not so overtly about Christmas, you can use it all winter long — even after the holidays are over.
Bonus Tract: The Reason for the Season
This last tract isn’t a contest winner; it’s just a bonus for our readers. After reading through all the great contest submissions we received, I couldn’t resist designing a tract of my own. Here’s what I came up with. The maxims aren’t orignial, but they are certainly true:
That’s all for now! We hope you’ll enjoy sharing these Christmas gospel tracts. And we pray that you and those you love will have a merry and meaningful holiday season!