Before you get too excited, this isn’t one of those, look at all my cutesy tags and banners kind of party. I just didn’t have time to delve deep into the world of fabulous party planning. I did, however, want to make sure this little party did some good for someone other than us.
The Charlie Brown Christmas movie is my all time favorite. Hearing Linus recite the Christmas story gives me chills every time. Not only because of his sweet voice, but because in this precious moment, we learn exactly what Christmas is really all about.
The plan was to watch the movie and have a special devotion afterwards for the kids, but they were too pumped up on sugar to make any of that work.
For lunch I served oven baked ham and cheese sliders, with chips and veggies on the side. Nothing to do with the movie of course, but they were a hit.
You can’t have a Christmas party without a hot chocolate bar.
And let’s not forget the peppermint patty brownies for dessert (recipe here). (These actually DID go with the theme!! Get it, “Peppermint Patty”???).
Each year, instead of having the kids exchange gifts, we choose a service project. This year, we chose to support Project Linus, a non-profit organization that accepts handmade blankets and distributes them to children in need; specifically foster and critically ill children. My children, who were both adopted through foster care, were each recipients of a blanket at the time of their adoption.
We opted to make no-sew tie blankets. Each family made at least one, and we were able to donate eight blankets to Project Linus.
To top off the day, each child made a little treat to take home.
Sugar cone Christmas trees: turn a sugar ice cream cone upside down, cover with green icing, add candies and sprinkles, and enjoy!)
It was a fabulous time of friendship and togetherness and service, sharing in the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas.