It’s the week before Christmas and all through the house…
What’s happening at your house this week? Are you doing last minute planning for a Christmas get-together?
We had our family party on Saturday and in the interest of simplifying, I did an easy take home party favor…
I try to pick a theme every Christmas for our party, last year it was Live Cozy. I sent home these for favors…
These were especially fun since Atlanta got our share of snow days last December and then again in January! My fam had something easy to bake when they were snowed in! I posted about them: HERE-
In 2009 my theme was The Symphony of the Bell– and I sent everyone home with a tiny bell to hang on their tree and a few thoughts about one prayer sounding to God like the little bell (lovely and clear) but when everyone joins together to pray for each other, the sound in heaven sounds like a symphony. The bell was to remind them to play their part in the symphony of prayer for one another in the coming year..
(In 2010 we had a great year of getting prayer needs out to the family and supporting each other in prayer) I posted the little story: HERE.
This year because of my granddaughter Elliot influencing my snow-day mantle decorations,
my theme for the party was Snow Day! Since the first thing I do on a snow day is make some hot chocolate, I thought I’d send everyone home with a ready to make cup of hot cocoa!
I made up a simple cocoa mix using Swiss Miss hot cocoa, Ghirardelli hot cocoa, and powdered creamer. After putting a serving into a plastic baggie and cutting off the zip lock top, I added a big marshmallow and tied it with yarn. Add a candy cane for stirring and everyone takes home a little cup of yum!
To help me remember to hand out the favors, I put them right next to the front door and even hung a few snow flakes from the ceiling! (Got the snowflakes from the Dollar Tree!)
Add a battery operated strand of white lights and just like that-the favors are ready!
There seemed to be a bazillion people in our tiny house, all bumping into each other. The noise level was off the charts, laughing and telling stories and poking fun of each other… I did a lot of yelling just to get everyone to stop all the fun for a moment and go out on the porch for a photo!
The party lasts for hours and every minute is full of that electric energy that happens when a big family is under the same roof. After everyone left The Husband and I moved quietly from room to room picking up empty cups and folding away tables and throwing away hidden crinkles of wrapping paper. I always get a little sad when we say good bye, but mainly I’m thankful…
Whatever you’ve got planned this week, don’t forget to count your moments as gifts.
Hugs & Smooches