Without the Guests…

…the preparations are in vain. It’s because of the long-awaited guests that the preparations were completed. This time of year as we remember our long awaited Savior who came to earth on that first Christmas, the preparations for my guests had more significance.  Most of my guest photos were taken by Anneliese and Lovella. Thank you for sharing girls!

Lovella brought this very cute flower arrangement as a hostess gift and I found the perfect spot for it next to my sign that Katie wrote on. It was time for the party to begin and for everyone to eat, drink and be merry!

Kathy and Lovella prepared an Antipasti Platter for us all to enjoy before we sat down to dinner.

Our daughter Katie came to help with the serving.

It was time to find our places at the table.

When everyone found their spot we sang Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow. This has become a tradition for our gatherings.

Katie made sure the soup was hot before she served each person their cup.

Between the courses we sang Christmas Carols. O Tannenbaum and Silent Night were the two chosen and sung in English and German. I wasn’t surprised by the choices my “German” guests made.

It was time to get the dessert plates ready.

After dessert we had fun popping our Christmas poppers and wearing our crowns.

Before the girls retreated to another room to open the little gifts purchased for each other, Judy handed the guys their gift for the evening.

They each got their very own apron…

I’ll add the shout out to the young man who makes these to sell once I get the information from Judy. Since we let him use our logo he gifted us with the aprons for our “boys”.

By this time my eyes were drooping but my heart was full. I’ll leave you with a few closeups and cameos…

I got a kick out of this wine bag that Bev and her guy brought us a bottle of wine in.

What a wonderful world God opened up to us “Girls” over these past several years. I’m so thankful that God brought us together and has deepened our “love for one another”.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2: 1-4)

More Xmas 006Praying you are feeling the Joy this Christmas!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “Without the Guests…

  1. Such a lovely gathering! But the thing that I enjoy most is how happy you and your “Dear” always look together. Really lovely, Ellen.

  2. You and Dear are wonderful hosts, and who could ask for any better guests than these? And I like Julie’s pretty wreath halo in the collage photo! You are all saints in the Lord but she got the halo. 😉

    • Julie got the halo and Lovella wore the lamp shade. Such a fun evening and what great hosts Greg and Ellen are. Their happiness makes it a wonderful home to be a guest in.

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  4. Oh, my goodness gracious, Ellen…this is SO wonderful! You had your home set up in such a beautiful and welcoming way, and the food and guests just added to the festivity! The ladies did a fabulous job on the antipasti platter!!! Pinned it!

    Happy Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Oh, what a wonderful time you must have had…first off, your home is amazing..everyone looked like they were having a ball…the food looked so good…love the photos so much

  6. John and I both read this together because I asked him if he wanted to see what was being served. He groaned and said, “Just before bed?” I may hear him up in the night eating cornflakes. Ha! Everything was so thoughtfully prepared and presented. We both got a kick out of the guys’ aprons! Very nifty. Your souls have become, like the old song says, knitted together like Ruth and Naomi.

  7. This delightful post sure helps me feel the JOY! The pictures are so nice and everything glowed including the happy faces! I just love the aprons – perfect! Bev’s wine bag is adorable! You did a wonderful job hosting this fun party!

  8. Great re-cap of a most lovely evening, Ellen! What a fitting verse to end with! So grateful for this wonderful group of ‘girls’ who look out for the interests of each other.

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