What the Dickens?!?!

On November 11, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer

Christmas Carol EventTo close out the season of ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns, rocks in trick or treat bags, and everything else frightful, we mixed two holidays into one fun-filled event.  The fun began as our relatively small crowd gathered at the Avell home where left over candy, Sammie’s Halloween cake, and other ghoulish delights awaited.  Note to the makers of War Heads…. “Is it just me or have the normally tear-inducing treats become LESS sour. I tried a lemon, black cherry, and a third flavor and they did nothing for me.”

Ok…. two holidays in one.  As October wound down, it was decided to look forward to the birth of Christ by making stars, adorned with crosses to hang on the wall.  Markers, string, scissors, markers, Scotch tape (whoever brought that… LOL), stars made out of either construction paper or shiny techicolor paper were displayed and kids and adults (whoever they are) put their creativity to use.  Thankfully, Charnel showed up with her brood to add to our small band of artistes.

Ok…. so we began to Deck the Wall with stars and crosses (Fa-la-la-la-laaaa, La-la-la-la).  You may ask how the end of Halloween fit in.  With the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come.  I have counted at least 47 theatrical films and television adaptations of Charles Dickens’s classic 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol.  This does not include television series that created episodes BASED upon the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.  There was an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man and a staged Klingon Christmas Carol (You have not experienced the tale until you have watched the original Klingon).  Anyway, the 1984 televised version of The Carol starring George C. Scott was plugged in via the flash drive that was lost then found.  After, The Flintstone’s Christmas Carol was started.  Both are traditional parts of the season at my own house.

So…. after the decorations were made and hung, we began to ponder about up-coming events that would enhance the fast approaching holiday season.  Who knows what fun events will help draw us all closer to Christ.  I’m sure that we will have our numbers increase or more regulars return as we travel down that road.


Keith making stars

I see stars....
I see stars….


Creative minds.

Creative minds.


Chloe and Kyndal

Chloe and Kyndal



Disney, Kyli (I think), and Scrooge.

Disney, Kyli (I think), and Scrooge.



“O sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

tell of his salvation from day to day” (Psalm 96:1-2)

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