The first week of December set records here in the Deep South - for warm temperatures! I'm not complaining, believe me. Warm appeals to me. But it was kinda funny listening to Christmas music in our short sleeves. I'm glad I hadn't put away all the warm weather clothes yet.
We had our first Christmas party of the season with our Sunday school class on Saturday. It was a great time of fellowship and of course, food. Baptists don't get together without bringing tons of food.
We have our annual Christmas Ladies Night Out at church tonight. It's an event we look forward to all year. We collect Christmas cards to donate to the local county jail so inmates can send a card to their families. We also donate books of stamps. After enjoying a lovely Christmas dinner, we exchange presents by drawing numbers and choosing a gift to open. The next person can take the present you've opened or choose another unopened one. It's a great deal of fun!
My favorite part of any of our church Christmas parties is the time we take to share God's blessings from the past year. Often we're so busy throughout the year, we don't always get to share with each other. This season gives us a chance to reflect on God's goodness and mercy as we turn our thoughts toward the gift He gave us in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Again this week, I'm keeping our menu simple. I've got some baking to do which takes up extra time. My oven is acting up, sometimes cooking evenly, sometimes not. And considering that I'm using it more now as I bake and prepare special items for Christmas, it's not an ideal time for this to happen. I'll make the best of it, though.
Here's what I've got planned:
Ladies Night Out at church, hot dogs for those eating at home
Chicken Parmesan casserole over linguine
Tasty tilapia, pan-fried kale
Moroccan beef patties, parmesan couscous
Homemade pizza rolls
Crockpot creamy Italian chicken tomato soup, homemade bread
Out for dinner
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