So the Baptist church down the street does this AWESOME live display of the city of Bethlehem every Christmas. It's huge! They build up a real mini-city with buildings, characters, ornate costumes, Middle Eastern music & dancing, bead-making for the kids, wine making via children stomping grapes with their tootsies, live animals such as donkeys and camels, an acted out Nativity scene with a real baby...and so on.
This was the year. We organized a large group of fellow Family Home Evening celebraters and planned on walking to "Bethlehem" and then returning to the Atwood manor for wintery libations & sugar.
Unfortunately I had to miss it...again. Little Avycakes had been runny nose-ish and fussy-pants all day, so she went to bed at 5pm.
Oh well, at least I got to enjoy some fine company after the party returned.
A few of those that made the trek to Bethlehem.
The goodness that awaited the travelers' return.
These cookies from TJ's were something new to the Atwood shopping cart. I highly recommend for hot cocoa parties...yum!
A wee-little trekker making multiple trips to the goodness table.
And of course no get-together would be complete without the men-folk pulling out the chess board; something I'll never understand.