Relief Society Christmas Additional Meeting

The Night The Stars Danced For Joy

On Thursday evening 8th December we held our last additional meeting of the year. Our evening was entitled “The Night the Stars Danced for Joy” and was written by Frances. It was further enhanced by some poetry read by Maxine, Cathy and Nancy.

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Time to Relax

After the hectic preparation I was very grateful to sit back relax and soak it all in.
We were only onto our second carol, sung by the choir, when I truly felt the spirit of the evening and was moved to tears. I quickly choked them back and began to sing along. The choir were absolutely wonderful and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one moved by their – I have to say – angelic voices.

We were treated to a beautiful solo, “Away in a Manger”, performed by Eilidh, who was accompanied by her brother David on the piano. Our pianist, Robert, was also there to accompany our ward choir, who were outstanding!

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the Hall transformed

We tried to give the cultural hall a bit of a makeover, and make it seem a little cosier and festive, with Carol, our narrator for the evening, sitting beside a Christmas fireside scene-setter with a decorated tree to the side.

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Our readers were Penny, Ruth and Sonia and our program lasted for about 40 minutes. My favourite quote of the night had to be by President Monson.

He tells us that the decorations and distractions of Christmas aren’t the real Christmas. Instead, it is the quiet, even silent, witness of the Saviour that comes to our hearts as we reach out to others in love. President Monson entreats us:

“Let us make Christmas real. It isn’t just tinsel and ribbons, unless we have made it so in our lives. Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is peace because we have found peace in the Saviour’s teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is extended, the more there is for others.”

Messages for our Sisters

For the remainder of the evening we relaxed and enjoyed the love and fellowship of our sisters in Relief Society. We took time to socialize and write some visiting teaching messages for those we visit throughout the year.

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And then to Our Buffet

We helped ourselves to the lovely buffet until we were fit to burst.

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Thank You

We would like to thank all who contributed to our food tables which were laden with delicious goodies and also to those who stayed to help with all the clearing up. We couldn’t have done it without you.

We hope you had an enjoyable evening, and have found an increased love of our Lord and Saviour, who’s birth we were celebrating. We hope this evening will set you up for the busy days ahead and help you keep in mind the true meaning of Christmas.

…and Finally

I leave you with another of my  favourite quotes:

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”― Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol.

 

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