Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Coffee Fellowship Countdown

After worship every Sunday we have coffee fellowship where members of our church take turns providing a variety of snacks and drinks for post-worship enjoyment. In December TDH and I (okay, really just TDH) hosts it... in our home.

We live across the parking lot of the church and we have found it is a great way to get credit for doing an Open House and yet people don't stay that long because they are still in the post-worship coffee fellowship mindset.

Of course, the home still needs to be 'decent and in order' and call me crazy... decorated for Christmas. We are still reeling from the pre and post Thanksgiving week paint project. Finally we have the clutter that created moved upstairs but there is nothing out that even remotely suggests Christmas.

No tree.
No wreath.
No angels.
No lights.
No Santas.
No red.
No green.

Maybe I can just tell them we are focusing on Advent this year.

13 comments:

ppb said...

you think they'd notice if you moved the church advent wreath into your house for the party?

Listing Straight said...

You can tell them that you decorate on Christmas Eve- that's truly the tradition. You are SO traditional...

Songbird said...

Somehow I don't think they'll buy it, but it's a thought.

Lorna said...

focusing on Advent is GOOD, An empty nativity scene is all you need :)

will smama said...

We now have a 4 foot tree - on a table - with a middle strand of lights that doesn't work.

But the tree skirt looks pretty.

TheoOnTapintheBurg said...

Tell them that last year someone at the party damaged one of your favorite ornaments so you are waiting until after the party to decorate. They'll feel sorry for you and spend the whole evening wondering who would have done such a horrible thing without confessing.

Oh, I'm feeling too evil today.....

On second thought...go with the Advent idea...much better!

St. Casserole said...

I think everyone should be thrilled that a Pastor with a toddler EVEN THINKS about inviting them over. So what if you aren't decorated? You are modeling NOT buying into the decadence of a society gone hog-wild.

You can tell 'em I said so.

TheoOnTapintheBurg said...

Man, the countdown on your page is stressing ME out!

will smama said...

Well, geez ontap, get over here and decorate... use that stress energy for good instead of eeeeviiiillll.

PPB said...

I know.... go to the hardware store and buy one of those scarey huge snowmen for the yard. They'll be so busy calming down their frightened children that they won't notice!

Mary Beth said...

I found out that as the president of the church women's group, I was responsible for having the Christmas party at my house. I found that out 1.5 weeks before the party, just after returning from a week in the Keys and just AS I was beginning my week of strep throat.

No decorations, house looked like buffaloes had been in it, still 4" holes all along the exterior walls near ceiling where the holes had been drilled for insulation to be blown in.

This past week my DH chose wallpaper border to cover the holes and got it up there (looks great) and I did the bare minimum of decorating. Mostly because in my older home with small rooms, I realized I could either have the guests, or the Christmas tree put up, but not both.

We ended up with a tabletop tree and the manger scene is all put up...sans Baby Jesus who is in the middle of the Advent wreath on dining table with his own little candle to keep him company.

Keeping cat off of table was challenge, as was keeping #1 dog from french kissing unsuspecting people.

Bonus: though I still have to put up the big tree, the house is tidy for the weekend visit by my sister in law and her family, and the party ladies left a bunch of dip and Chex mix! IF we don't eat it all up before Sunday...

will smama said...

Wow Mary Beth, you win - it's not even a contest.

We have enough up now where it looks like we know what time of year it is at least. TDH is off shopping now, I am hoping to finish up sermon and then the rest of the day evening and a lot of tomorrow is cleaning and baking.

Any chance we still go out on date night tomorrow?

ppb, I hear ya on the scary snowman. I like them enough, but I figure if you are walking onto someone's lawn right when the power come on you are in for an awful fright!

Anonymous said...

Actually I had a totally amusing thought after seeing the de-glo colored 18 inch trees... They did have 3 in purple and one in pink, just light another tree each week...