I know I'm dooming myself by saying this, but I don't want to ever be in charge of a ward Christmas party in this ward. I don't think I could do it.
Two years ago, the ward did a Polar Express Party.
At a signal from the conductor, the curtains were opened and we entered "The North Pole" where it was snowing. That's right. It was snowing. It was soap bubbles or something.
This year was "A Night in Bethlehem." The Young Men, the Young Women, the Relief Society, and the Primary were each in charge of setting up a food tent. Thanks to our wonderful Primary President, we had so many supplies to use to decorate our Primary tent. Also, thanks to the two other Primary leaders who helped decorate the tent, and to the toddlers and preschool age boys who helped set up the tent by grabbing the fourth leg of it since we only had three adults there at the time. They were great. We were asked to make a sign showing what was being served in Hebrew. Jeremy helped me make the sign. Thanks, Jeremy.
We got our ornament and went over to each of the food tents to get our food.
There were cookies for dessert, which was appropriate since the activity was on December 4 which is National Cookie Day.
Finally someone directed them to the stable (pavilion with cushions and a manger/cradle) in the middle of the room. Joseph helped Mary lie down and pulled out a baby. Yes, a real live baby. She must have been bundled up as they were walking around and they brought her out for her scene. She's only a couple months old so she's small enough to be used as the baby Jesus.
Then we saw shepherds tending their sheep and the curtain on the stage opened to show an angel.
When people were not walking around interacting with ward members, the gestures and movements were done to music. The angel is a dancer and dance instructor so it was beautiful to watch her movements as she brought the message of great joy to the shepherds and directed them to the city of David- all without words.
Then the shepherds walked around spreading the news and ended up in the stable with Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus.
Then the wise men were on the stage along with King Herod (played by Jeremy) and Herod looked conniving. The wise men showed up among the ward members and eventually reached Mary and Joseph. Now of course we know that the wise men weren't actually there when Jesus was born and came later after they had left Bethehem, but for the purposes of the nativity, they joined the group in the stable.
Then we all sang "Silent Night" and had a closing prayer.
And that's why I don't want to be in charge of a ward Christmas party.