MGCC Christmas 2019

This year our annual Christmas event with the Mennonite Girls was hosted by Julie and her hubby at the clubhouse in your community. It was a great space for a party and Julie went all out with the decorations.

Julie folded the napkins to look like angels.

The appetizers were delicious.


We had some fun catching up moments. The guys had some rip roaring games of pool while we waited to sit down for dinner.

Judy and I were fashion twins…and this wasn’t the first time we showed up at a Christmas party dressed similar.

Zwieback (double buns)

Whole Wheat Sourdough loaf

Stuffed cabbage rolls (Golubtsi), a special chicken dish and a yam casserole were the mains with homemade buns and bread along with two fresh salads.

We all had more then enough good food and we still had dessert to come.

And boy were the desserts masterpieces in themselves.

Judy made this amazing cake. It was light and it’s flavor was gingerbread. Correct me if I’m wrong, Judy.

Julie made this light gluten free roll which seemed to pretty to cut.

And Anneliese made her classic fruit and nut wreath.

We had our gift exchange which had a “basket of goodies” theme this year. Instead of numbers drawn to know in what order we would be able to choose a basket from under the tree, Julie had lines from a classic Christmas carol that we drew and had to sing our line in the order that it came in the song to be able to pick a basket. Hope that made sense. It was a fun method.

I wish I would have gotten photos of all the different “baskets” none of which were actual baskets but different containers to hold the goodies. One of the containers was a large lantern!

Dear and I were fortunate to be hosted overnight at John and Marg’s home. Since the party ended after ten it was nice to just drive down the hill from Julie’s to head to bed at John and Marg’s.

With this party at Julie’s clubhouse we can now say we have all hosted a MGCC gathering with our husbands in attendance. We missed our Manitoba girls and their hubby’s.

Thank you Julie and Vic for a wonderful time at your clubhouse. Here’s the carol we sang line by line to be able to pick our basket of goodies. We concentrated on the first stanza and refrain.

Angels From the Realms of Glory

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.


Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn king.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:


Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.


Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.


Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.


Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:


All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.


I’m happy to report that all I have to do is seal my Christmas greetings and take them to the post office. We had two inches of snow last night into the morning so everything is white and lovely. We’ll see if the other couple inches they predicted will fall tonight. Our mystery tree is a beauty and I’ll share the steps to the reveal after we get the lights on the the ornaments hung. I came up with a great way to display the cards and photos that come in the mail and I’ll show that in a later post, too. Addy and JJ got to go and see a couple of Santa’s reindeer today. It is so nice for our son’s little family to be reunited now that daddy is home from a 30 day work assignment in Texas. We are a thankful bunch.

I’m joining all creation in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son this Christmas season!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

18 thoughts on “MGCC Christmas 2019

  1. What a lovely event, Ellen. Fun, food, and fellowship times. Such a nice photo of you and your twin dresser. The cakes are beautifully presented and I’m sure delicious. I love the idea of picking a gift in order of the Christmas carol.

  2. Hello, what a wonderful gathering of your friends. The food just looks amazing and so delicious. The decorations are lovely, I love the angel napkins. Fun times and great photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

  3. So beautiful — the food (that cake on the tree slice!), the tree, the lights…but I just have to say, and this may not sound Christmasy, you ladies all have the most fabulous hair! Is there a stylist in the family?

  4. Well I have just eaten my lunch but looking at all of these yummy dishes has made me hungry again…oh my, everything looked so delicious! Stuffed cabbage rolls are one of favorite things…comfort food at it’s best! And your table decorations were so lovely. Enjoy what’s left of your week…can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!

    On Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 7:46 PM The Happy Wonderer ~ ellen b. wrote:

    > Ellen posted: ” This year our annual Christmas event with the Mennonite > Girls was hosted by Julie and her hubby at the clubhouse in your community. > It was a great space for a party and Julie went all out with the > decorations. Julie folded the napkins to lo” >

  5. I look forward each year to see pictures and read the stories of this special annual gathering!!! I zoom in on those delicious looking dishes and all the beautiful decorations. But, most of all, I love seeing all your wonderful faces. So great to see Bev was able to be there and she was standing for the group picture – wow! Oh, and Judy’s cake – amazing. Love you all and wishing you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas. Thanks Ellen for sharing. Hugs …

  6. What a delightful gathering! The food looks delicious (and I’m sure it was!). The desserts are amazing. But I’ll bet that the sweet fellowship was the best part of the evening! I’m sure it was wonderful to be able to spend the night nearby after all of that fun. 🙂

    The carol that you sang for your basket of goodies? It is my favorite carol! It tells the whole Christmas story in its verses. And the line “God with man is now residing” stirs my soul every time!

    So happy to hear that your son is reunited with his family! I know they missed him . . . and he, them!

  7. Oh what beautiful table decorations. The deserts are everything we expect from MGCC. Such attention to detail. It sounds like you had fun.

  8. Enjoyed reading about your get together; wondering if the recipes for the food could be posted as well as instructions for folding the napkins.

  9. Ellen, you got such beauriful pictures! I may just have to steal some of them. So glad you could come! This has become one of my favorite Chritsmas events.

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