Our ward (what we mormon’s call our congregation) is doing the coolest thing for Christmas this year!! Instead of the normal Christmas party, with ho-ho-ho-ing and tons of candy, maniacal kids, Santa and all that jazz, the new activites commitee couple has taken a radical (and awsome, I might add), departure.
There will be no Santa at our Christmas party this year (and I’m all for Santa most of the time). Now, before you go getting all up in arms, listen to what they are planning… Christmas in the time of Jesus- a sort of living nativity, if you will, but all of us will be participants. They are making booths for the gym, where vendors will be set up, selling unleavened bread, fish, yogurt, olives- all foods that would have been appropriate for the year 32 in the Holy land. The signs on the booths will be in Hebrew and Aramaic (provided by yours truly) and when you enter the gym, each family will get a small bag of “gold” coins, and a cipher key of Hebrew and Aramaic letters. With your “gold”, you purchase the food for your individual family for dinner.
Here’s the fun part- we are being asked to dress appropriately! Head scarves, robes, sandals, whatever you’ve got or can come up with- just not in your regular Christmas clothes. Now I know some people are not going to like that, but phooey- it’ll be totally fun! The music and entertainment will be time-appropriate. Then, after dinner, there will a be a living reenactment of the nativity, accompanied by music and reading of the story of the birth of Christ.
I am so totally into this!
Just the other day, DH and I were trying to figure out how we could help our kids “get” what Christmas was really all about- and this is the perfect answer. I think they will love it, not only because they adore playing dress-up, but mama and daddy will be joining in on the “game”. That, and daddy is going to be one of the Magi…
This year, for the first time in years, I’m really looking forward to our “Christmas” party… and they boys are going to be so cute as shepherds! Should I make Abby a sheep??? Oh, I’m so going to!!