I know I'm a little slow getting these posted, but they're from our church Christmas party last Saturday evening and I think they're darling. The theme was "A Night in Bethlehem." We were asked to come in "biblical attire" and the gym was decorated like an open market in the middle east where we were able to go to each shop to buy our pita bread, and get our meat (chicken or lamb), fruit, nuts, salad, cheese & dessert. We all ate picnic style on blankets on the floor. It was such fun time and there was a very sweet, celebratory spirit. Near the end, the lights dimmed and children portraying Joseph & Mary went from stall to stall in the market and were told, "No room." They then settled in a "stable" area that was set up at the front of the gym with a manger & straw. My little 4 month old niece was the "Baby Jesus" and the Nativity story was then narrated & acted out by more children and we all joined in song throughout. It was a wonderful experience for our family and friends. We're so grateful for our friend that organized it all. She did a phenomenal job creating an atmosphere that invited the spirit and brought so much joy as we reflected on the meaning and reason for this happy season.
Caroline & Grandma