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Here are my top ten Christmas GNO memories from over the years. I can’t believe we have had 25 years of Girls Night Out!
In the late ‘90’s– we did a Christmas Tea where Mrs. Snafflebuster taught little Snafflebuster’s in training proper etiquette (we were really trying to help some ladies without being too obvious & when we laugh, we learn, right?)
In 2006 I was asked, along with another staff member to do the first GNO, to be over the Party Under the Stars. For those first ones we really wanted the “wow” factor, so we would partially decorate, then during the service, we would put the last layer on, so that when the ladies came out, it would be like “wow, what happened?” Pastor Dan had a crew of Shift guys that brought out about 20 white, glittered styrofoam Christmas trees to the outer foyer and dropped 2 big canvas paintings of snowy forests and we had an instant “snowy forest” look. All of the Expo and party was contained within the inner and outer foyers! We did Demos at either end of the inner foyer. Our gift that year was popcorn balls in a Christmas mug—Ask Rev. Theresa how many hours and ladies that took!!
Alright, ladies! It is that time of the year, it is Christmas time!
I have three ways for you to get into the Christmas spirit:
You could go and look at Christmas lights together because we have plenty of local places to go to! We have The Mission Inn in Riverside, Thoroughbred in Rancho Cucamonga or Manchester St. in Yucaipa. Or maybe you just want to gather over some Christmas cocoa or hot coffee. You can even host a Christmas cookie decorating party!
Matthew 5:15 says,
“ Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
You’re not doing it for them you’re doing it to give God glory!
How did we get here so fast? Didn’t we just have Christmas, like yesterday? It seems like year after year time goes faster and faster. If you’re like most of us, you’ve haven’t put aside money throughout the year for the holidays (note to self for 2018), but don’t stress yourselves out, let’s create a plan to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday 2017.
Typically, I would recommend saving throughout the year.
Since it’s November, let’s just focus on what we can do NOW!!