We started at the church, where our youth director's wife and I had decorated earlier in the day. We kept it simple this year, with a snowman and snowflake theme and simple table decor. We used giant foam snowflakes as centerpieces, then placed a candle on each one and sprinkled varying sizes of foam snowflakes in dark blue, light blue, and white down the middle of each table. We used snowman tablecloths for the kids and a calmer snowflake cloth for the adults. It was easy to decorate and easy to clean up - which was good, because we left the church after we ate and got back around 9:00 to clean up. Nobody wanted to spend a lot of time undecorating, so I'm glad we had gone simple!
Everyone brought a couple of appetizer dishes and a dessert. All the ladies prepared their special dishes and appies for this - I made my Cranberry Bliss Bars - and I think we ate pretty much everything we brought! I didn't see any food going to waste, anyway.
|Veggie Christmas Tree|
|Melted Snowman Cookies|
We ate and fellowshipped at the church for about an hour, then we boarded a bus and drove around town to look at Christmas lights, with a stop at Tim Horton's along the way for coffee and hot chocolate. We have some more well-to-do neighborhoods around town, and many of their light displays were just fantastic! The kids' favorites were the ones with the most lights and twirly things, of course, but my favorites were the simple ones where the homes were calm and peaceful with simple white lights. Some of the finer homes were just beautiful with their simple displays!
|This is the last picture I got. As I snapped this one, everyone yelled and put their hands over their eyes and Wes said to stop taking pictures??? Something about the flash?|
We returned to the church after a couple of hours, with tired children and more tired adults. We all pitched in and cleaned up quickly and headed home. I think the family Christmas party was a great idea. I hope we do it again!
In case you're wondering why I use so few pictures of people at our church events, it's because we have several families who don't wish to have their pictures on the internet. I try to get lots of pictures of people to share with our church family, but I hope you understand that I can't share them publicly!
Day 10 Scripture:
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city." ~~ Luke 2:1,3 ~~