If I posted a picture of our family calendar for the month of December, it'd show every square filled in with parties. Church parties, class parties, birthday parties, soup parties, neighborhood parties, slumber parties, company parties...you get the idea. I love getting together with all of the people that we love--feeling the energy of "goodwill towards men" and the building anticipation of Christmas to come--and celebrating this special time of year.
Nana Grover's Birthday Party:
I proposed the concept of throwing a neighborhood nativity party to two of my dear friends and they took the idea and ran with it. We served a three course progressive dinner while our children performed a live nativity complete with caroling, costumes, and a straw-floor Bethlehem scene! It was as spiritual as a program involving 30+ kids could be;)
Family Slumber Party:
The boys look forward to our annual slumber party every year. We begin with a pizza dinner and games and then throw in a Christmas movie while we pile on top of the air mattress and eat treats.
Minute to Win It:
I thought it'd be fun for the boys to invite their own friends over for a Christmas party, but I think they were more interested in scarfing down the Oreos and dog piling on each other than they were my minute to win it games.
One of Aaron's policy holder's invited us to a private showing of a kid's movie with an open concession stand. We asked several times if they knew we had five kids...five loud, wiggly, junk-food-loving kids...and they assured us that it would be a very family friendly event. We didn't all make it through the entire show--when Ben's popcorn ran out he was done and Rocky thought the staircase made a perfect playground--but everyone had a great time!