Light the World

This past week has been a week of Serving others and giving of time and talents to the community and to my loved ones. My heart is full❤️❤️

Nativity– Each year, the week after a Thanksgiving, I am blessed to be in charge of our church and community Live Nativity and Crèche Festival.

We enjoyed lovely weather and had over 3000 people attend.

The inside crèche festival was supported with over 200 Nativity displays and 600 drawings from local children.

We also had musical performances from local choirs and soloists. I feel so blessed to be a part of this event.

Quilting

I have also had the opportunity to quilt for the children of a dear friend who passed away last year. He left a beautiful wife and six young adult children behind.

My sewing friend, Lisa, gathered his shirts and made seven lap quilts! One for each of them:). I volunteered to quilt them on my long arm machine.

Lisa embroidered a name on each quilt to keep them from getting confused as to whose quilt is whose. What a great idea!:)

It has been a wonderful experience quilting and thinking of him and his family. The memories came flooding back as I looked at those shirts and thought of him❤️

Light the World– There are so many ways we can serve others everyday of the year, but I find it especially SWEET to focus on daily acts of service during the Christmas Season. If you are looking for service inspiration, please check out Light the World online. If we all take a moment of time each day this holiday season to give of our time and talents, we truly can LIGHT THE WORLD.

Live Nativity 

I am in charge of our church/community Live Nativity each year.  I absolutely love doing it.  It really starts my Christmas season off right.  We have about 3500 people come to enjoy the outside Nativity and then go inside our building next to the beautiful temple to listen to local musical performers and see a crèche festival with over 200 small nativities.  The crowning jewel is a larger than life sized sculpture of the Holy Family that was sculpted by a famous local artist, Justin Fairbanks.Each year I have three different casts, one for each night.  Here are two of our Mary and Joseph’s from this year.  The bottom picture is of my son and his beautiful wife:)

I asked a few talented ladies to hep me sew costumes.  Here is a picture of a few of our shepherds and our wise men.I made the angel costumes.  Those sleeves were tricky, especially since I didn’t have a pattern.  I like how they turned out though.  Each costume is kind of a one size fits all.  When they dance, the sleeves really flow and look elegant.

It has been a SWEET Christmas season for me already.  It all started with going to Israel back in October.  What a great year!!  My life is truly blessed:)!  I recognize the Hand of God so near me every day.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.   Merry Christmas to you!