Edible Christmas Trees

Edible Christmas Trees

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This activity offers lots of fun and plenty of opportunities to reminisce. Find out what participants used to cook for Christmas.
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This activity offers a lot of fun and plenty of opportunities to reminisce. Find out what participants used to cook for Christmas.


  • Two loaves of white or brown bread (more if many participants). Buy ‘toasting’ bread; it is thicker and easier to handle.
  • Cookie cutters in the shape of trees
  • Butter
  • Plastic knives for carving
  • Plastic drinking straws


You can use whatever you have in the fridge for decorations; here are a few suggestions:
  • Guacamole (mashed avodaoes with salt, pepper & lemon)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped chives
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sundried tomato dip
  • Pesto
  • Cucumbers, cappers, onions
  • A small container of caviar
  • Mint jelly
  • Pretzels sticks
  • Tomato chutney
  • Celery sticks cut finely
  • Thinly sliced carrots
  • Olives
  • Mustard


  • Seat participants around a table (make sure they have washed their hands).
  • Demonstrate how to use the cookie cutters. Alternatively they can shape the slices of bread with a plastic knife into a triangle.
  • Place decoration ingredients on the table in reach of all participants.
  • Spread butter or mayonnaise on tree shaped bread and start decorating.
  • Participants should make as many as they can eat (for safety reasons participants should not make sandwiches trees for other people (volunteers or staff can do this instead).
  • When all are done, place sandwiches on individual bread and butter plates with the names of each participant.
  • Take a photo of participants and their Christmas sandwiches for posterity!
  • Praise them and make a big fuss about it, call management to see, walk around with plates to show other residents, etc.

For the Sweet Tooth!

Participants with a sweet tooth can make a peanut butter and strawberry jam tree!
  • Shape two slices of bread
  • Spread peanut butter on one slice.
  • Poke a few holes in the second slice with a drinking straw.
  • Place the second slice on top of the first slice and fill in the holes with strawberry jam.

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