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Christmas Parties 2010

As usual, we split up our Christmas parties into 2 groups. What a blessing to have so many friends that they actually won't fit in our house! It was fun to put to use the Christmas paper plates that I purchased at Party City in California:)

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We laughed to see the kids who were having to sit on top of each other just to stay on the sofa...we remembered that 3-1/2 years ago, they were much smaller and could all fit with room to spare!

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Instead of making dessert for everyone, I combined a "craft" with dessert-making, and had each family create their own "Birthday Cake for Jesus"! Here are their delicious creations:

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For the Christmas story, I really wanted to focus on the INCARNATION of Jesus Christ...the fact that God became man in order to communicate with us, and to show us the way of salvation. So I thought long and hard about the best way to share this concept, then made the decision to return to an old "classic" story told by Paul Harvey, "The Man and the Birds". I love the part where the father in the story realizes the true meaning of Christmas and says,  

"If only I could be a bird," he thought to himself, "and mingle with them and speak their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid. Then I could show them the way to the safe warm barn. But I would have to be one of them so they could see, and hear and understand." At that moment the church bells began to ring. The sound reached his ears above the sounds of the wind. And he stood there listening to the bells - listening to the bells pealing the glad tidings of Christmas. And he sank to his knees in the snow."

What I have to share with you is that this story had not been translated into Japanese (at least not available anywhere online). This is where my mom enters in as my hero:) I sent her the English story, and within a couple of hours, she had done a beautiful job in translating it into Japanese! One day soon, I would love to put everything together that she has helped me to write, and publish it for the missionary community.

I will post the Group B photos in the next blog entry.


 

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