I don't have a clue WHY I get myself into things? OK, no, I do know why I do things. What I don't know is WHY the LORD thinks I can do them. Let me explain:
A month and a 1/2 ago I was asked if I was going to plan a Christmas party for the Primary children or a family one. I said just a kids one. Fine all is well, my councilors and I even had a meeting and came up with ideas and games and such. So... 2 Sundays ago I over hear our Ward Missionaries ask each other if we were having a Ward Family Christmas Party because it can be a great missionary tool. I step in and say, "Sorry for eavesdropping but no we aren't having one, I'm just planning on having a children's party." "Oh that's fine we were just wondering." All is well, until I get home and all of the sudden a Family Christmas party is planning it's self out in my mind. Seriously WHY me? It's all I could think about so I emailed Brother Anderson my plans and he says "GREAT! we really wanted to have one but didn't have time to plan one. We're behind you all the way!" Thankfully my councilors felt like it was a great idea too they even think it will be easier because families will be taking care of their children rather than us entertaining 80 children on our own.
So this is our plan:
We will ask every family to bring a "Family Gift", (to donate to needy families) to the party. We will have a program with great Christmas musicals and stories and then have hot chocolate, fried scones and honey butter. We will also have a "Wrapping Station" set up so they can wrap their "Family Gift" and another station for the kids to make a beaded Christmas Ornament. We might even have a corner set up where we can take Family Photo's? The only thing I haven't been able to come up with is a gift to send home with every family, I want it to be a gift to remind them of Christ during this wonderful season. I have to be frugal as we have 100+ families in our ward so $2 or under/family. Any Ideas? I would love to hear them.
WHY oh WHy oh Why?