Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Missionary Christmas Dinner

I believe this was our 6th dinner with the missionaries.  It was by far our smallest.  It's funny, the numbers may have been down, but there was still so much to do.

I decided to start a little earlier and get things set up.  That seemed to help.  We put the elders and sisters in the family room and kitchen and the "older folks" in the dining room.  I know the Elders and Sisters loved being together.

They seemed to enjoy all the food.  I think we forgot that our numbers were not like usual and made enough to feed them and a friend or two ; )  At least there was enough left over that they all made up a plate and took it home for the next day--notice the packaged rolls--with only one oven, I just can't do homemade rolls.

As always it was so fun to hear them all sing Christmas carols.

We laughed and laughed when we realized the "prizes" in the crackers Allan got at Costco were--let's just say, some of them would not be used by the missionaries ; )  But like I told Allan, it's not about the prizes IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HATS.

After the crackers it was time for the gift exchange.  We had a few Canada scarves--that each of them wanted.  Elder Y really made me smile, he got one.

But then, after someone "stole" it from him, imagine his surprise when he opened his next bag and HE GOT ANOTHER.  But unfortunately, he couldn't hang onto that one very long either.

This was what he got--which I'm sure will come in handy when he goes home in a few days to California.

As always I made too many desserts.  My personal wildcard for my on-line challenge has been to have a positive calorie burn.  With this temptation, I had to devise a way to not eat too much.  This was the only thing I could think of ; )  I made the Chocolate Peppermint Roll--Thanks to my friend, Kierste, for the recipe.  It was so yummy, and I can't wait to eat it  make it again.

We took pictures of the group, and this year I decided to have them switch after the first picture.  That way, those at the top could be moved and their parents wouldn't have such a hard time spotting them in the picture.

It was a wonderful evening.  This was our last Christmas with President and Sister P, as they will be going home in July.  It has been such a pleasure to get to know them and to feel of the love they have for their missionaries and for this work.

SIDENOTE:  Last Saturday I did manage to get a picture of the lunar eclipse.

Counting the days until we get to SKYPE with our missionary.  Excited is putting it mildly ; )  By the way, I took the Christmas poster to Church last Sunday to get some pics of people in our Ward.  I had to laugh when I went to take a picture of Kathy and Doug, and Bro. F. jumped in behind the picture.


gigi said...

I can't think of a better way to spen the evening! Lucky you!
Merry Christmas!

Lana said...

This is such a nice tradition that you have. I bet they love it.

Sheri said...

You are so awesome!! I love love the picture withyou and the desserts!! How fun! Lucky Missionaries!!

Cherie said...

I absolutely love that you do this each year! A neat dinner with a bunch of young, good looking guys (and gals)serving the Lord :-D
Your home looks so beautiful and inviting - I bet they all feel loved when they are there.
I had to giggle at the picture of you with duct tape on your mouth - You have so much self control!!
Your husband looks so cute in an apron too - reminds me of mine.
Glad to see it was a success again this year!

Valerie said...

Every year when you do this it makes me wish you had been there when Max was serving his mission in Winnepeg. He would have loved to come (he loves good food and yummy desserts, which you obviously had!)

On a side note, I found out my parent's bishop's son is serving in the Winnepeg mission. You'll have to look for a missionary from "Guilder"!

Neal said...

Super cool!

Natalie said...

What a wonderful tradition and great party. It made me reminisce and about our mission. I KNOW those missionaries loved being at your home. You are so AWESOME!

Hey, give me a call when you're in my neck of the woods so we can get together. I would love to see you.

Garden of Egan said...

It looks like a fabulous feast! A lot of work, but I bet it was so appreciated.

Love the picture of your mouth with duct tape. Hilarious. I need to do this!

Have fun skyping with that missionary.

Heffalump said...

I love that you have that tradition of feeding all those missionaries! I've been missing reading your blog. Now I have some catching up to do!

ShEiLa said...

What a gathering. My sister gets to SKYPE with her son too... in Iowa. With Celestial and Elijah in Indiana... I am sure we will be SKYPE-ing too.

Merry Christmas!


Connie said...

You have a beautiful home and filling it with missionaries makes it even more so!

Those missionaries are fortunate to have you and Alan take care of them.

I need a whole roll of duct tape! I've been so terrible this month.

kierste said...

I just love that you do this each year--what a wonderful tradition. The food sounds yummy, and I'm so glad you loved the cake! DELICIOUS!