Saturday, December 3, 2011

Church Christmas Party

Okay, so I'm totally playing catch up for the time in Germany before we left to the states for Christmas. How am I doin? I'm pretty much rockin, right? :)

So, a few days before we left, our church ward was having their Christmas party. Each auxiliary was in charge of one area.  Because I am in the Primary (the little kids, up to age 12), they put us in charge of the decorations. We were instructed to use very limited funds, make things out of paper and make it look homey.  The overall theme was Christmas Morning.

Lauren and I came up with the idea to have a fireplace, a wreath made out of all the Primary children's hands, and an ornament wall.  We had a ton of other really great ideas, but not enough time.  Suffice it to say, we were pretty proud of ourselves. Check out my rockin fireplace.  Woo!  Xanthe made the fire.  We did a pretty good job, right? :)
And before any of the church members not in our ward freak out that we used the chapel for our party, our ward building is very small and we use every space we can.  Soemthing I didn't get a picture of was the coloring stockings and cups of crayons that were placed on all the tables for the kids (and the adults did it too) to color while they were waiting.  The tables were covered in paper so they could draw on those as well. Then when they were finished, they came up to put their stockings on the ward fireplace.  You'll be able to see the stockings hung up 3 pictures down.  You can also see in this picture the wrapping paper covered hymn books the girls had the idea to do for the Young Women/Men singing. Cute idea.

This was after we finished setting up the night before. The paper links that are hanging on the wall didn't stay taped to the stucco wall (we already knew they wouldn't) so they became part of the table runner down the  middle.

This was the only picture I had of the wreath up above the front.  I also didn't get a picture of the ornament tree, but Lauren had taken pictures of every single kid and then made it into an ornament tree.  I'm bummed I didn't get a picture. It turned out really great.  P.S. that's the back of Lauren's head. :)

We had a little bit of a program after eating breakfast.  A few of the Young Women got up and spoke about their favorite Christmas tradition, Xanthe and Xoe were two of them.   Then the youth got up and sang O Little Town of Bethlehem.

You know how most kids ages 0-4 are deathly afraid of Santa, and you get those pictures of them being forced to sit on Santa's lap? Not Spencer.  He was so enthralled.  He didn't really have an idea of who Santa was so this year I just gave him a brief overview and got him a little excited.  I had no idea how excited he would get.  This picture is of him about ready to wet himself over having to wait even one extra minute to see him.  

A child in heaven. And what do you think was the only thing he asked Santa for?   Trains, obviously.  Oh, and train track.

Loving his treat from Santa.

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