Friday night we invited our friends over for pizza, dreidel and dreidel racing. Each attendee was given a dreidel to decorate so they could identify their entry into the games. First we ate and dined and laughed about our Christmas times together. Then we began the dreidel racing games. Everyone had decorated their dreidels so nicely, until Shayne brought out his dreidel of death. He painted it black and drilled holes into it so he could have nails sticking out the sides.
Our dreidel racing winner was Brian!!
Next we played the real dreidel game. Dreidel is a Jewish children's game that is played during Hanukkah. The driedel has four sides and a symbol on each side. You spin the dreidel and whatever side lands up, you either do nothing, take half the pot of chocolate coins, take the full pot of chocolate coins, or throw a coin into the pot.
The dominate player of this game was none other than...
On the Sixth Day of Christmas, I bring to you with love...
Friendship to the Table!
Each family member was given 2 Hershey chocolate candy canes. We talked about the importance of friendship for our family. We talked about how with our friends we love them all the time and accept their weaknesses. We talked about how we should treat others is how we wanted to be treated. The goal was to give a candy cane to a friend and keep one for ourselves. Shae gave her candy cane to her friend next door and kept her second one for herself. Brian and I decided to give both our candy canes to dear friends that we love.
The girls received a necklace of a family embracing making a heart shape. When I look at this necklace it has multiple, sacred meanings to me, and I love it. I wear mine everyday with my YW medallion.
On the Eighth Day of Christmas, I bring to you with love...
The Savior to the Table!
I bought for our family the Reflections of Christ book. If our family centers our lives on the Savior, nothing can bring us closer together than that. Because Shae is still young, I bought this book because of the incredible images that portray the Savior's life. They say a picture can say a thousand words, well these images say hundreds of thousands words. My greatest wish is that our family has each our own personal testimony of the Savior. Learning about his life and his teachings is the way and this book is a great starting point for Shae.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas, I bring to you with love...
Service to the Table!
On this night of the 12 Days of Christmas, we joined the Dority family and went out and shopped for a Sub 4 Santa. Becky works for Macy's grocery store. They have a mail box there where children can leave their letter for Santa and if they leave their address, then Santa will write them back. Their store received a sad letter from a 7 year old little girl that wanted to know why he wasn't going to come for Christmas again? When he wrote back to her last year and said he would come, he never showed up. Her mother explained to her that Santa was not going to come again this year, and so she wrote a letter to Santa wondering why he would not come again? Oh, it was sad to read.