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Saturday, December 12, 2009

a little bit of Christmas


one of the things that our church and our family participated in this Christmas season was a community event called "a little bit of Christmas" for the families in our area. the business association sets up a banquet facility with many things for the kids to enjoy to start the season together. since our church is so new to our community, we thought it was a great way to reach out and love on the families that resided here. we recently had many brand new books donated to us to bless children any way that we felt the Lord would lead us to. we thought this was a great opportunity to bless the kids here in our community with a gift from our church family as we displayed the love of God toward them. many of us met early in the afternoon to wrap them in Christmas paper. by the end, olivia and amanda had pretty much mastered the wrapping part. we wrapped a lot of books.

there were many things that awaited the families at the banquet facility. our church provided the coffee and cookies. we also set up a craft table for the kids to make a candy cane reindeer to take home and then gave each of them a wrapped children's book as our gift to them. all of the children in the community seemed to have a wonderful time, even our own. jacob enjoyed the cookies very much!

                                                     along with daddy and amanda who were sporting their cheesy smiles

                                      
                                                                   then he enjoyed some time with his grandma at her table



                                            toward the end of the night, they all made their way to the horse and carriage ride outside.

              they were all bundled up because it was so extremely cold outside. i think they all had fun though!

it was a wonderful way to start the season with the community. i pray that everyone that we reached out and talked to felt loved and blessed as we all celebrated just "a little bit of Christmas" together.




24 comments:

Crown of Beauty said...

This was such a special post, Christy. So giving, so loving. I loved the pictures, as usual.

Whenever I visit your blog place I come away so cheered up and lifted up in my heart!

I love your family... and I think the picture of Jacob with your mom was a very special one.

Love
Lidj

He & Me + 3 said...

That is awesome that your church does this and that your family participates and helps. What a sweet night for everyone involved...a carriage ride? How fun.

Sassy Granny ... said...

It's these simple, yet generous gestures of Christmas that are, by far, the best!

I must chuckle ... I love it when children are posed and give you a cheesy grin. So fun, and funny!

Beautiful family ...

Kathleen

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Very neat! And the carriage ride would be an awesome highlight to any evening!

Andrea said...

Reaching out to others fulfills the tree meaning of Christmas. This is a beautiful example for each of us and what a blessing...you got a horse and buggy ride in the end.
Blessings, andrea

Mich said...

What a great idea! Looks like fun and full of the christmas spirit.

It is cold here too and I live in the south!

Tara said...

Looks like you all had a great time and hopefully seeds were planted in the community!

Veronica said...

Hi! Just wanted to say thanks so much for the birthday wishes today! That was very sweet of you! :)

Deborah Ann said...

Wow, isn't that exactly what Christmas is all about? It's hard sometimes to shop for my family, who has everything, when there are so many who have nothing.

Have a blessed Christmas, my dear, sweet friend!

Linda said...

What a wonderful thing to do as a family. I know your children will never forget.

Beth E. said...

What great pictures, and what an awesome way to minister to the community.

A carriage ride sounds wonderful!

Adeye said...

Oh what an amazingly blessed time as a family. The pics are absolutely stunning, my friend.

Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

Bridget said...

Such a wonderful ministry for the community! I would love to ride in a horse drawn carriage-how awesome!!

septembermom said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate the season of love as a community. The pictures are lovely as always.

Anonymous said...

You and your family are such a wonderful blessing! Love you!
Angie Wolfe

Wylie said...

What a beautiful bunch having Christmas fun! I love it!!! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!!!
Wylie

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Wow, what great pictures and what an awesome way to spend your Christmas Season. I just love how you are honoring our Lord Jesus Christ on your blog. I LOVE it!

I hope you and your precious family have a wonderfully blessed Christmas and an incredible New Year.

Teresa<><

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

What a wonderful idea! You are teaching your kids some valuable lessons about the true meaning of the season.

Love,
Jackie

Kristin said...

What a great idea!!! I will have to suggest something like that for our church to do next year. This year, we've adopted a family and we spent Friday night wrapping all the gifts for them and it was fun! I love books and I would love to start some kind of charity for kids that has to do with books. I don't know what....it's just one of my million ideas floating around in my head. LOL! I love all the pictures....your family looks like so much fun!

Saleslady371 said...

My favorite type of ministry is with my family. It speaks volumes doesn't it? That carriage ride looks like fun!

Julie said...

Great photos!

What an awesome opportunity. I know you blessed others greatly!

Thanks for your comment at my blog today. You blessed me!

RCUBEs said...

Great pictures...Showed so much fun. But the nicest thing was that your church had this great opportunity to reach out to your community..And what a wonderful time spent with your beautiful family. Even the cutest and youngest member had a great time! God bless and have a blessed Christmas sister Christy. Thank you for always encouraging me!

KEE said...

What a great thing to do Christy. I love the pictures,so cute. I haven't been on in a while but I'm so glad you liked your gift. I love giving personalized presents

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Hugs
Kee

Karen said...

What an awesome idea...the love of Christmas in action....