Friday, December 24, 2010

Spreading Christmas Cheer

"The Best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"  Buddy the Elf.

We are blessed to have amazing friends who have become our Swift Current family.  For the 6th year in a row we hosted everyone for our annual Christmas Carolling Fiasco.  The itinerary stays generally the same from year to year.  Drinks, Pat's homemade soup, Buns, Christmas Carolling with horse and sleigh (better known as a Ford Truck and borrowed trailer and bales).  Depending on the weather we have made it as far as all the way across town or as short a trip as down the street one year there was a bitter cold blizzard.  Then a visit from the big guy in Red and a hysterical White Elephant gift exchange where each participant brings "something from their home that is still useful but they don't use any more"

Let's start the show and tell with a picture of Levi and his "friend" who we may or may not have scared away forever.  
Tailgate party.  The Dad's know how to dress for the weather.   
Some local residents enjoying the singing and braving the cold.   
Pat and Miss K lead the sopranos.   

And to think I cleaned for hours before everyone showed up!  Miss K and my neighbor (not the one with the earings, the one with the candy dish at the front door that my kids think is for breakfast) came and took pity on me and helped me get ready!
 Me wrapping last minute White Elephant gift exchange.  I am wearing a vest that has made it through 3 or 4 years in the exchange that I couldn't part with so it became part of my annual carolling outfit. 

The gift exchange.  Daphne is lost in the tissue.  
Pat gives the newcomers the advice.  Don't be fooled by the fancy packaging.  Sometimes the best gifts are wrapped in newspaper.  Especially when it features one of our good friends and his Movember moustache.  

The band warming up.  

 Ellie and her boyfriend.
 Pat's awesome potato soup and the other is hamburger.

Carson was involved in a drive by meringing from a lemon pie.  
 Are these two cleaning him up?  No they are the ones who pied him!
 My White Elephant gift a light fixture from a friends house renos.  I think it makes a great crown.  
 ???? Pat can't figure this out.
 Time for Santa.  Keep it short Carson there are lots of kids to go!
 Santa was Hot!

 Daphne's turn.
 Even the big kids like Santa

 Some are as big as Santa!

 You better not pout I'm telling you why!

 Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

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