Let the Christmas Fun Begin.

8 Dec

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 Whew!  The Christmas season is upon us and I feel as if I am five steps behind.  We are going to a Christmas performance tonight, put on by our local theatre company, but I wanted to tell you about our ladies Christmas dinner at our church, last Friday night.

Since moving to the mountains (well part-time moving) I have been blessed to attend my churches Christmas ladies dinner. It is an outreach to the women in the community and is totally free. We fund raise for it all year.  It is a fun affair and men in the church volunteer to serve and clean up. However, the women of the kitchen staff do the cooking ahead of time.

This year I volunteered to help. My job was to put tomato sauce and cheese on top of 180 servings of cream cheese pasta.  The servings go into individual dishes to make it easy for the men to serve. Once they were filled  we tucked them into a large warmer oven. It took me most of the day and I was tired!

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Other ladies of the church volunteered to decorate tables, using their personal Christmas dishes and decorations. They were so pretty!

During the dinner, my husband worked in the kitchen getting the food to the servers. He said it was chaos! Imagine a group of men all scrambling to get hot food out to the ladies. We had four courses, French onion soup, cranberry salad, main course with roll and dessert. It was a challenge and I think the men did a fabulous job.

Once everyone was served, the men brought out coffee and Russian tea for us to sip while we listened to an inspiring speaker.

As you can imagine in a room full of ladies, there was a lot of cheerful noise. I loved every minute and look forward to next year.

I would enjoy reading your story too. What kind of fun activities are you enjoying?

UPDATE: In the beginning of this story, I mentioned husband and I were going to a Christmas performance. We arrived in PLENTY of time to get a good parking space. As in 24 hours early! Yes, I had the date wrong.  Can I blame it on the cold meds I am taking?

6 Responses to “Let the Christmas Fun Begin.”

  1. Anonymous December 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    This sounds wonderful and looks like so much fun. I do so wish our church had something like this. We used to have Secret Pal club that anyone could be part of, but I was the youngest in it and all the others were mom and dad’s age or older. I really enjoyed the time we spent together. Most everyone in the group has since past on. Maybe one day things will happen again. I don’t think most of the people my age or younger in the church realize how much fun it was and how much you can learn. It was amazing.

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    • Onisha Ellis December 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      I remember how much you enjoyed the Secret Pal club. January would be a good time to try restarting it.

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  2. divoran09 December 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Lovely post. Great pictures. Your getting to the performance early reminded me of when I came to your birthday party (a surprise Beck was giving you) on the wrong day and even got you up from a nap. I couldn’t come on the right day, because the party was already over.

    Hope your cold gets better soon.

    Love, DiVoran

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    • Onisha Ellis December 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

      The night of the performance we were rewarded with a prime parking spot and I was glad. It was very cold and of course, I forgot my coat.

      I had forgotten about the birthday party.

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  3. LOUISE GIBSON December 9, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    A delightfully interesting read. “Merry Christmas”

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    • Onisha Ellis December 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you too. We are blessed to share Christmas with you.

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