Both Saturday and Wednesday saw us gathering at one person's house or another's to watch classic Christmas movies. Saturday night I made dinner, pasta and herb roasted chicken, for anyone who wanted to come. Then we watched my favorite Christmas movie: White Christmas. To me, nothing says happy holidays like Bing Crosby singing Christmas carols. :) Wednesday night we met over at Andrew and Noel's where we watched Charlie Brown's Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the original cartoon version, of course). No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of the Grinch, which is one of my Dad's favorites, so we watched it every year when I was growing up. :)
I was tickled pink to see one of the local churches in Minhsiung had put up Christmas lights! It's fairly close to where I live. There's a light up Santa, his reindeer and sleigh, then they used regular lights to do some decorating as well.
Then, last night had us rolling out, baking, and decorating cut out cookies with the O.S.F. students. Some are to be handed out when we go caroling next week, but the students got to enjoy eating their tasty creations as well. We had a little over forty students show up. The first task of course was rolling out and cutting out the dough. Each of the five tables had dough, flour, an assortment of holiday inspired cookie cutters (snowflakes, doves, stars, etc.), and rolling pins. One boy really just wanted to toss the rolled out dough like pizza crust. But in general, the students worked well and happily helped out wherever they could. As the baking sheets filled up and started going in the oven, and slowly the amount of dough left to be rolled out and cut out decreased, Mark led a group of students in making green icing and red icing. By this point, a couple students helped to clean up a few of the tables and the cookies that were coming out of the oven went over to empty tables to cool and be decorated. The students made some beautiful cookies and had fun in the process! Mark and I set 25 packages of cookies aside to hand out while caroling next week, and we let the students eat or take home the rest. The students did a great job helping clean up before leaving for the night.
|Rolling out and cutting out shapes|
|Ready to go in the oven!|
|All bagged up and ready for next week! :)|
"Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King."
Joy to the World