Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Chairman Jeff Bagniewski Family Programs

For many in society – especially children – Christmas has become a secular holiday. To combat this, the Knights of Columbus has introduced the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest. This program – similar to the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest – will allow young people to engage their creative talents and imaginations while understanding the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas.

Entries in the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster contest must include a slogan reflecting the topic and an original visual image.

2020/21 State Contest Winners


The Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 14.

Contest entrants compete in one of three age groups—ages 5 through 7, ages 8 through 10, and 11 through 14. Some schools may have different age brackets for their elementary and middle schools. In these cases it may be appropriate to group students by grade rather than age. Sponsoring councils should use their own judgment in deciding how to group participants. (Each local, district or state competition may have up to 6 winning entries – first, and second place winners in each age group.)

Council officials should order the program kit (#CPC-Kit) by calling 203-752-4270 or visiting, promote the contest and contact schools to participate.

Contest Levels

Council level– This is the first level of the competition. The winning posters from the council level competition are forwarded to either the district deputy or state council personnel, depending on the circumstances in your area.

District level– The district level of the contest occurs ONLY if more than one council in the district participates in the “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster contest. Check with your district deputy to see if this is the case in your area. The winning posters for this level of the contest are forwarded to state program personnel for either the regional or state competition. Check with your state poster contest chairman or youth director for the forwarding address and deadline for entries.

State Level– The regional level of competition usually only takes place in larger jurisdictions. In either case, scheduling, judges and prizes are provided by the state council.  All State Level entries must be submitted to Jeff Bagniewski by February 1st!

Send all winning entries to: 

Jeff Bagniewski

Keep Christ in Christmas Chairman

3335 Marion Road SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Winning posters at the state level are then sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. Telephone (203)752-4270.

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