Last night I went to a special night at my church for women called the Christmas Gathering. Wasn't really sure what it was, but it sells out every year (400 tickets X 2 nights=800 tickets!!) so my dear friend Ronna and I went, and met up with some other friends from church and their friends/families. What a fun night it was!
Potato bar and desserts started the evening, then we moved to the fun part. They had 5 speakers lined up--topics were how to use an Advent calendar and make it special, how to be a savvy shopper, how to be a frugal gourmet cook during the holiday season, how to decorate your Christmas tree, and how to decorate your home at Christmas time. The speakers were very entertaining, and we cracked up at them all night.
The really neat thing? At the end of each seminar, the woman in charge would say, "Elves, bring out the free stuff for the ladies!" And a bunch of the men of the congregation would run out in elves hats and give us a free item! Just like Oprah's favorite things show! The men would act all silly too, which was funny. We received a package of hot chocolate mix (my dog ate mine today :( ), a nice re-usable shopping bag, a Christmas ornament, a Christmas tea towel, and a huge hurricane globe for decoration.
It was really very fun, and a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!