Last night was the ward Christmas party and, amazingly, we got snow for it. We rarely have a white Christmas, so a white Christmas party was fun. Really, it didn’t snow much (there’s a very light dusting out there this morning), but it snowed and that’s what matters.
The party was awesome. We’re on the activities committee so we dutifully showed up at 1pm to help set up. It’s amazing how in just an hour and a half the cultural hall can go from being a basketball court to a red and green display of beauty.
After dinner we had people go into different “workshop” rooms. Jamie and I were in charge of the Blankets of Hope through Soldier’s Angels. I had sewn blank squares onto fleece blankets and people got to decorate the squares however they wanted. The blankets will be given to wounded servicemen and women when they are brought back to the United States for treatment. We made 5 blankets. I think they ended up turning out quite nice once they were all finished.
Some of the other workshops were fun, like decoration making or watching Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, but others were also service-oriented. In one room people put together kits for a local shelter and in another room people transformed old Christmas cards into placemats for a shelter. (And, of course, Santa was there before and after dinner – the last two years Fritz screamed when he saw the big guy, but this year he went right up to him without being prompted to and sat on his lap).
After some time to complete the projects, we had a lovely program that included not only the nativity story and singing like we usually do, but stuff about Christ’s whole life. The acts he did culminating, ultimately, with his crucifixion and resurrection. It was quite lovely.
I’ve never been to a ward party before with so much emphasis on service. It was really nice and made the evening extra special and just felt right. For the most part, the ward members I attend church with (us included) have been blessed with a lot (typical of the area we live in) so to give back just a little was wonderful. Our ward activities committee chairwoman really did an excellent job.