Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
What? You only hear crunchy leaves and dried corn blowing in the breeze? Come on, gather up your imagination – we’re on our way to a GREAT holiday season.
Three years ago, it was Jeff’s “turn” to provide the employee Christmas party. Finding something that would allow for the really odd blend of employees (Amish, English, married, single, wild ones, tea totallers) that he had, was a trick. After some prayer, we decided on a Saturday afternoon Open House for employees and their spouses. Read 54 people. 😯
At this Open House we served Christmas cookies, cakes, sausages, meatballs, a veggie tray, a fruit tray, punch, coffee….and atmosphere. In order to keep from interfering with everyone’s holiday plans, we settled on the first Saturday in December.
Ridiculously, we made the decision right around the first of November. Because our goal was to have our home holiday ready by the time of the party – we were CRAZY busy. BUT…..
But, after that first weekend, my December was the best, most delightful holiday we had ever experienced.
In the past, we had tried to be done early, but somehow something always came up at the last minute. This time, because I had a HUGE responsibility of feeding people and having the house ready AND I was pregnant at the time, I somehow managed to pull it off. (Don’t be fooled – the only way I pulled it off was PRAYER & GRACE)
So, as I work through my little fake “journal” here, I’m going to take you along – kicking and screaming if necessary – but come December, you will all line up to send me chocolate. 😉
So, here is your first assignment – meet with your hubby, in a quiet moment (NO, you can’t wait until Thanksgiving night, after the kiddos are tucked in!!) and ask him if he has anything that is vital to him to include in your holiday celebration. Once you’ve gotten his input, pose the question to the kiddos. (We are at the place now that Jeff simply calls the family meeting and we discuss all our ideas all at once.) We write them down and start praying over them. Sometimes the Lord has one plan for us – others years a whole different focus. Keeps it interesting and fun! 😉
Comment when you’ve accomplished this, so we don’t have to report you to the Holiday Planning Sheriff – it can get pretty ugly. 😉
As a bonus, here is a recipe for one of the cakes we served:
Black Forest Cake
1 Butter cake mix with pudding (we have used both chocolate and yellow)
3 large eggs
1 T almond extract
1 – 21 oz can cherry pie filling
2 c semi-sweet chips
1 T butter
2 T milk
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350`. Grease and flour a 12 c Bundt pan; set aside. Mix all but glaze together – bake 45- 50 min. Cool for 15 min. and then glaze. DELIGHTFUL!!