7 Ways to Create Community this Christmas (Part 2)

 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4.8-11

IMG_6424For 2 quick two weeks we’re looking at ideas for holiday hospitality that won’t stress you out. (If you refuse the lure of getting all psycho perfectionist, that is.) How do we use those gifts Peter talks about cheerfully? How does a cookie party translate into showing deep love for each other?

It does, because opening your home opens your heart. It opens conversation. It opens a peaceful warm place to just be during a crazy time.

So here are the last seven ideas. Make them easy. Make them fun. Don’t care if the plates match or the floor is clean. Just be with your people.

Ornament Party

Get together to exchange ornaments, make ornaments, or donate ornaments to a local emergency shelter, hospital, etc. Some fun ideas are here.

Crafting Party

make something together. Anything. It does not have to be a giant project filled with expensive craft doodads and All. The. Glitter. (OK, so I used some of the glitter below.) You do not need to be Pinterest experts. Just assemble some easy items and go for it. There are some easy ideas on my Pinterest board here.

It absolutely does not get easier than this. Gourds and glitter. Alliterative and simple.

S’mores Party

You’ve seen those amazing looking buffets of nothing but s’more items? You can do this. Don’t you think you must do this? To be fulfilled in life? I kind of do. Put together the crackers, melted chocolate, peanuts butter (check to see if any guests have allergies), candy, marshmallows—anything you can think of. Grab a skewer and go for it.

Here’s what it looks like. Plus this picture of amazing options.

Fondue Party

Basically the same as the s’more party, only you can feel more civilized and healthy about it. You really probably won’t be. It will still involve skewers and most likely cheese and chocolate. But you can fool yourself. Plus, skewer sword fights. Carefully.

Gingerbread House Party

Oh, this is so my thing. OK, you do not have to create Minas Tirith. A tidy cottage will do. Get some boxes of graham crackers, make some frosting, and supply tons of candy decor. This is so fun. And everyone gets to bring home a cool creation.

Royal Frosting recipe. (You need the rock hard frosting. Do not even think of using any other kind.)

Game Night

We had planned to do this last New Year’s Day. Then flu happened. So maybe a reschedule? Self explanatory. Board games. Snacks. You. Hyper-competitive friends are optional.

Holiday Brunch

If a dinner or evening party isn’t practical, how about a winter brunch? Have friends over early before the craziness takes over. 10 am breakfast smorgasbord? I would be there. Especially if it involved a creme brulee french toast bake. Just saying.

Puzzle Party

img_6551This is kind of like game night. Get a bunch of Christmas jigsaw puzzles. Put them out. Feed people whatever you bought at the store. See who loses it with the group first because they do not do the puzzle the way she does puzzles. (Not that I would have any experience with losing it this. At all.)

I would love to know which one of these you decided to try and what happened. Drop me a note on the Facebook page or in the comments. Have a joyful time!

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