I’m excited to share with you today the project I’ve been working on for the last 4 months. It’s the reason behind all the guest posts this month and total lack of Christmas projects on this blog!
This is the 2nd year that I was involved in our church’s Festival of Nativities, this year I was the chairman. Most of the time I kept thinking “am I even old enough to be in charge of something like this? They must have the wrong person”. It was a giant undertaking with lots of moving parts to keep track of. This year I had a wonderful committee. I felt like the entire event was a true collaboration of everyone’s ideas. I did not do this with out help, and these are NOT all my ideas, I just happen to be the one that is blogging about it.
The event consisted of people from our area that we got to church with, bringing nativity sets from their homes and lending them to us for the week to display. Everyone was then invited to come view the nativity sets, eat some yummy refreshments, listen to wonderful Christmas music and do some fun activities with their kids.
To be honest, this was a lot of work for everyone involved. I got discouraged several times during the weeks leading up to the event and during the set up. When I got feeling overwhelmed I just reminded myself that doing this was my way of making a tiny contribution into preserving what I believe is the true meaning of Christmas.
On a personal note, my family and I celebrate Christmas. I realize that this blog reaches a worldwide audience, and not everyone celebrates like I do. If your family doesn’t celebrate Christmas hopefully you can find some other creative inspiration somewhere in this post.
|Photo frames Rhonna Designs|
To set up the gym at church we arranged 8 round tables in the center clustered around a variety of Christmas trees. The star in the center was made with PVC pipe “shimmed” into the hole in the floor for the volleyball standard. We then strung lights down and in between the tables. A lit star topped off the whole arrangement.
|Nativity set from Bethlehem carved from an olive tree|
One our committee members husbands built the most beautiful back drop for us to use on the stage. Each piece is a 4×8 piece of MDF cut out with the silhouette of Old Jerusalem. The panels are all moveable so depending on how many people were on the stage we could rearrange them as necessary.
I bought the star (from Grandin Road) at the last minute (after Thanksgiving sale YES!!) – I think it added a nice touch to the stage.
On the stage we hosted a live nativity and Christmas music. It rotated between musical acts and the live nativity all day.
The kids also got to make a little craft. Brandi came up with this one last year and it was a big hit. It’s made from a toilet paper roll, a wooden doll, a paper towel and some raffia.
We also had Christmas cookies served as refreshments.
I’m so happy with how the event turned out and so grateful to every single person that helped us set this up and clean it up. It took a village.
Thanks for your patience with my little old blog :). Reading your comments are bright spots in my day. I am crafting and sewing and will have lots to share with you soon. But for now, I really need to spend some time with my kids (as you can imagine I’ve been distracted lately) Watch for a project next week then we’ll all take a little break until the New Year.
oh if you are doing the Quilt Along I DID not forget about you!! I’ll be posting an update on Monday! Then we’ll have a linky party right after Christmas (so we don’t spoil any surprises)… So TAKE PICTURES of your quilts before you give them away!