Christmas Tree Party, Advent and a Tasty Recipe


Christmas Tree Party
This past week we had our traditional Happy Scott Family Christmas Tree Party. My hubby picked up all sorts of snacky, appetizer-type foods and in lieu of supper we had “snack night”. Lauren made hot chocolate, we decorated the tree, made a banner, and sat down for an Advent devotion.

Oh my, the food! My honey loves loading up on the snacks. It was quite an unhealthy menu…Pizza rolls, taquitos, mini corn dogs, mini cheese stuffed breads, nachos and cheese dip that he cooked up with Velveeta, salsa and ground sausage. It was all very yummy. Needless to say, the kids had a blast grazing at the table full of starchy goodness.

Lauren and Carly set up the tree (no, we don’t have a live tree), but earlier that afternooon, Carly did go out on the property and cut some fresh pine greenery to decorate the center of the dining room table, the kitchen table and make a simple swag to hang in a window. And I think I might make some more of those. It’s nice to have at least a few fresh touches here and there. Anyway, Lauren and Carly decorated the tree with the fragile ornaments before letting the other six kids help with the not-so-fragile things.

Lots of food. Lots of fun, Christmas music and pretty lights. Lots of memories. Lots of disarray and mess. Umm and lots of… “don’t touch that”, “be patient”, “wait your turn”, “do not nag or you will be last”, “please, take your cup back into the kitchen”, “ooh, please, be careful”, “be nice”, “please, don’t complain about your blessings”, “don’t argue”…

That’s the way it is with about any family project or event. Opportunities abound for conflict resolution and relationship building.
Uhh, that’s just a fancy way of saying, even the good times rarely go off without a hitch. Is it that way in your family, too? Or just ours? I think that’s just life. Human nature takes over and we forget it’s not all about us.


Advent
The celebration of the birth of Christ is what it’s all about. Which leads me to share with you a new tradition in our family, officially recognizing advent. Advent means “coming” and is the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas that is observed by Christians as a season of celebration of Christ’s birth and anticipating His coming again!

I downloaded A Jesus Advent Celebration ~ A Jesse Tree Journey by Ann Voskamp and it is wonderful so far. Thank you, Ann, for your free gift! In her devotional she walks us through each day, anticipating the coming of The Messiah and building our own Jesse tree. The book also includes free printable simple Jesse tree ornaments. What a lovely and most appropriate finish to our evening party it was.

Merry Christmas and Happy Advent!

Walking with Jesus,

Related Articles:
Preparing for Advent
The Learning Parent blog
Jesse Tree Advent Devotional as a Gift @ Habits for a Happy Home

Oh! Here is a tasty recipe you’ll want to try! Trust me! It is so moist and delicious! A huge hit with my family!

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
FROSTING:
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
5 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 teaspoons milk
Chopped nuts

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to pumpkin mixture and beat until well blended. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.
For frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake. Sprinkle with nuts.

Enjoy!

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