Today is the second Sunday in Advent.
We light the Bethlehem candle. We use the traditional violet and pink candles and the traditional meanings - Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherd, and Angel in our home.
Yesterday my sister, niece, grandson, the teapot and I, attended the ISOH/Impact International Tea. The group is a community based organization that helps people in need world wide. All proceeds from the tea help Kids Against Hunger and Keeping Kids Kozy and Warm thru the Winter.
Hot food on the buffet line included - Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Swedish Meatballs, Spanikopita, Mini Crab Cakes, Chicken Salad Croissants and PB&J triangles
The dessert buffet was available during the entire event. The chocolate fountain is a HUGE hit and the strawberries are always the first to go. Other dippers included, apple slices, orange sections, fresh pineapple, marshmallows and pretzels. A huge variety of cookies, as well as some delicious baklava were also available.
Santa arrived to visit with the children. The note on his chair said "Better watch out . . . Santa arrives at 1:30". The teapot checked out his chair and determined it "just right" for Santa.
Our lunch goodies
And our plate of desserts
A peach apricot tea was served, as well as ice water.
The other half of the ballroom was set up for gingerbread house building. The teapot was checking things out before all the children converged on the area. Plastic was put down to protect the carpet. The "trough" down the middle of the table was made of foil and held all the decorations. There were four or five stations set up like the one above.
Below are photos of gingerbread homes during construction by the many children.
I love the creativity, and as you can see, most parents let the children do the decorating!
This was my grandson's house during the building stage.
The completed back of his house. He needed a "bonfire with puffs" (his word for smoke). The huge pile of coconut and frosting on the roof kept getting bigger and bigger until he finally said very seriously, "I believe that's enough." My sister almost fell on the floor laughing.
The front of his house.
You can see the teapot got in on the action.
This is my niece's house. She is a junior in high school, so it isn't fair to compare it to the house of an almost three year old. I love her horse drawn sleigh in the front yard.
Entertainment was provided by a piano player. The teapot had a front row seat. Can you find her? Some years, groups of children will congregate around the piano and sing Christmas carols. It is a very festive day and a must for many families. As you can see, we had a great time, as well as contributed to a great cause.
Sips and Smiles,