More Christmas preparations today - Bob went off early to the Prayer meeting and I got going on making two more angel costumes for the production on 14th, and a fabric Jesse Tree. Housegroup went so well on Tuesday that it seemed a shame not to display the symbols ,ore widely. It was very much a 'make it up as you go along' production.
First I found some green fabric, and some floral cotton to back it with, then cut out two triangles, each about 36" across the base and 36" high. I also made a pocket [A4 size] and a smaller one, 5" square, to go on the back. My aim is that after Christmas, I can store the symbols and the 'crib sheet' ready for another year. I sewed the pockets on the back panel, and then sewed the two pieces together and turned it through. It was quite floppy, but a dowel rod inserted along the bottom gave it the necessary weight and shape.
Then [tedious bit] I punched all 28 discs and threaded them with a loop of thread, and sewed 28 buttons on the tree [being careful not to sew through the back pockets!] I found a lovely scrap of green ribbon in my tin printed with the words "Celebrating together" which seemed appropriate for the hanging loop. Finally, I embroidered a label on my Memorycraft machine and fixed it on with Bondaweb [look, a girl can only do so much sewing in a day!]
When Bob went down to the church [for the 3rd time in a day!] to sort out the PC, I went too, and hung the Jesse tree in the vestibule, alongside the Nativity Scene and the Christmas Tree. It's all looking wonderfully festive.
Just after my Dad died, we received a load of Homebase Vouchers which he had accrued. So I spent them on a complete set of red and gold decorations for the church tree, to replace the old ones. [Which had been lovingly handmade years ago, but were looking awfully tatty] Now the tree always looks splendid - which is important. Dad always used to remind me that we get extra visitors at church over Christmas, and it is not a good witness if it looks like we cannot be bothered to make the church entrance look welcoming.
His entire life was spent in winning people for Jesus - and I am glad that I am reminded of his example each December when the tree comes out.
The Nativity Scene is on a table where the children can look at it. No doubt they will re-arrange the figures again this year - they usually do!
This afternoon I visited a friend in hospital, and called in at Greenacres Garden Centre, which I passed on the way home. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of Nativity Sets they had on sale, from only £5. Two children were pestering their mum to buy one- I really hope she did!
I had a lovely piece of post from Liz today - she works for Southwark Council, and has had an article published in their magazine [which goes to every resident] It is all about recycling and re-using etc at Christmas. Wonderfully stuff [give Charity gifts, give your unwanted gifts to charity, take a cotton bag to the shops avoid plastic ones, try making gifts for people instead of buying them etc etc ] I am very proud of her for producing such a brilliant piece full of such wise advice. Train up a child in the way she should go...