Today I want to tell you about a fun get-together our family does every October! There’s plenty of time for you to plan one if you like the idea!
In 2004 we started doing a Fall Party-Pumpkin Carving Party. By 2005 all the focus was on the pumpkin carving. We eat barbecue, caramel apples, apple crisp and bunches of other autumn favorites, then we split into 2 person teams and the competition begins! Within an hour or so the carved pumpkins are done and the judging starts…
We’ve had some amazing winners in the past…like Crocodile Hunter and Tiger Woods. Last year though, the stakes were high. There were drills, fancy carving tools and my sister carved…are you ready?
The face of the Lord.
But the face of Jesus didn’t win! (See the winner: HERE)
I remember thinking when the face of Christ lost that we just might be getting overly competitive. Maybe it would help year off!
So this year we’re having a Chili Cook-off instead! The competition promises to be just as fierce since we have some major competitors in the group, I’ll let you know how it goes!
We take a family photo every year too. These photos are so precious, showing the way our babies have grown and reminding us of how those we love aren’t here forever. The family photo is one of the most important parts of the time we have together.
This year we’ll be a year of firsts with the Chili Cook-Off, we’ll also be wrapping and filling shoe-boxes for Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child. I love and trust Samaritan’s Purse, it’s the Christian organization “providing physical and spiritual aid to hurting people around the world”. The president of Samaritan’s Purse is Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. (The pick up date for Operation Christmas Child is the week of November 15! Wanna join in? Info HERE)
Might be fun to get family and friends together this month for a pumpkin carving or a chili cook-off. It won’t be long before the whirl-wind of Holiday activity starts!
A post with more ideas for your own Pumpkin Carving Party: HERE