small group tour

Each year, we host a large number of people during the holiday season. The annual Christmas Open House is a big draw, as well as the house concert with Nathan George and friends. My family will be here next Sunday for our Christmas party. That’s another large group. We also host small groups from time to time. This year, we will host a house tour and dinner for eight which was an item in the local library’s fund raising auction. The dinner has been postponed due to my mother’s death, but we hope to have it soon.

This season, we also hosted another special group. Five women from my sister’s church drove about 3 1/2 hours for a tour and an afternoon of Christmas fun.

my sister and her friends

After a tour of the house, the trees, and the decorations, we gathered in the dining room for a Christmas craft. I taught the ladies how to make small gift boxes from Christmas cards. It’s an easy craft project and always a fun way to wrap a small present.

making gift boxes from Christmas cards

making boxes from Christmas cards

making boxes from Christmas cards

A few weeks prior to the party, I made a set of twelve ornaments showing pictures of our holiday decorating. Each guest chose the one she liked. The ornaments were made from flat glass ornaments, so they fit nicely into the crafted boxes.

Christmas ornaments

Now that everyone had something to put into her Christmas card box, it was time for dessert.

Christmas treats

Besides the truffles, Chex Mix and holiday punch, we served Ginger Cake Trifles.

ginger cake trifle

Delicious! I made the same trifle in a bowl for our Christmas Day table. My entire family loved it. We had one left over after the party and DH and DD shared it.

sharing the last trifle

Thanks, ladies, for coming all that way to visit our home. Genny and I had a great time and we hope you will come again!



  1. Sharon Birky
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks Rhonda for a wonderful time of fabulous fellowship, learning & festive food! You & Genny present a beautiful Christmas sight to be seen in your decorations and tree assortment. I love my ornament of a special display in your guest room…and felt so crafty making my giftbox! It was a treat and a splendid afternoon together! Thank you again for having us! These pics are fun to see.

  2. Posted January 4, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Sharon, I had a lot of fun that day. I hope you will all come again sometime. In another few years, there should be lots of new things to see. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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