Our guests arrived around 6:30 and I was just finishing up the chowder. All the candles were aglow and it was wonderful. We had a lovely dinner together, visiting and talking. Soon, our table looked like this....just stuff everywhere with all the rest of the dishes piled on the counters....
We moved into the living room and began our program. We first began with a follow-up from last year. Our story last year was about a couple who had very little money to spend on each other - in fact, they only had $5 each. The husband had wanted to buy his wife a new coat as hers was worn and ragged, but it was $75 and they did not have the money. Instead, he went into a drugstore to buy his wife a small novel and a box of chocolates. It would come to $4.75. While waiting in line for almost 30 minutes, he noticed a situation at the checkout where an old man was trying to pay for insulin for his wife. The price had recently gone up $4 and he didn't have the extra money. Other people behind the old man were getting impatient with him and saying mean things or rolling their eyes. The husband from the story stepped out of line and handed the old man his $5 and said "Merry Christmas" to him. As the husband arrived home, he noticed an envelope stuck in his door. On the front it said, "Matthew 25:40". He went into his home and opened the envelope. Inside was a $100 bill. He went and bought the coat for his wife. After arriving home again, he looked up the scripture to see what is was. It read, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I had created similar white envelopes last year and filled them with a copy of the story, along with a $10 bill for each person. The instructions were that they were to use the $10 bill this year to somehow help someone else in need during the Christmas season. Each person shared their experiences. Melon Man and I chose to send gift subscriptions to the Ensign to a person on our visiting and home teaching routes that we have had a hard time getting in to visit. Hopefully having this small measure of Christ's influence in their homes will help them feel of His spirit and will help them have a desire to come back to church again.
Next, we played the Wright family Christmas game that Lisa and Craig brought, which is always fun. Melon Man won some glow in the dark Silly Putty.
Auntie Sigie read "The Christmas Sweater" by Glenn Beck,
Kurt and Ang sent us a lovely floral arrangement that arrived around 2 pm. Kevin and Jodi gave us a gift card to Chompies - yum! Julie and Brian gave us the gift of Brian's talent when he built my shelf for me when they were here at Thanksgiving.