Our kitchen tree was decorated with Christmas balls in red with the nativity on them, and the clear with snow flakes.
Elizabeth baked ginger snap cookies which filled the house with the aroma of Christmas.
The table was set with our Christmas cloth, and we had Christmas music playing in the back ground.
We all laughed because it was somewhat hard to think of it being Christmas when the weather outside had been 95 that day.
When the children arrived home they changed out of their Great Doggie Doos clothes into their Christmas motif.
Each one of the children had a small token gift to open, they received a small ornament for the Christmas tree.
We had Christmas movies out for our Moo-B night.
We also had a craft before the Moo-B.
The children made finger puppets, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Wise Men, Angels, and a Lamb. We purchased 2 of these kits from Hobby Lobby for just $2.99 a piece. Our children have enjoyed the puppets and believe it our not they have held up well.
Then came the ginger bread houses, and a little competition to see who could build the best house in 15 minutes.
The littles set to work decorating accent pieces while the bigs assembled the houses. The pressure was on because we saw all to soon that 15 minutes wasn't enough time, so we added 5 more minutes. With icing, powdered sugar, and candy being tossed about I was shocked the houses turned out so well. So who won the competition.....
Team #1 and our house....
Team #2 WON!!!! Their house was awesome and packed full of sweet goodies!
This is what happened to the houses as soon as the winner was announced.....
they were eaten......
they were licked.....
It only took those who ate the houses a few minutes to see that a few bites was all they could handle, before they were going to go into a sugar coma. Our first theme night was a success!
As we were sitting at the table enjoying the fellowship, music, and mood of the evening, we saw how nice it was to have Christmas in July. The Christmas mindset of celebrating Christ birth should be every day not just December or July! How thankful we are for the babe born of a virgin, in a stable, grew to be a man who knew no sin, yet died on a cross for our sins, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven to prepare a place for you and I.
I am the good sheperd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.