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Tuesday, December 17

Relief Society Christmas Dinner

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In my church, we have an amazing group of women called the Relief Society.  We meet together on Sundays for spiritual instruction, and throughout the week we help members of our congregation and community through service projects, bringing meals to new moms and those who are recovering from illness, and the like.  We also get to do fun monthly activities to help us get to know each other and learn new things.
Every year we have a Christmas dinner and program.  This is the first year I've been in charge of the program, though I had a great committee of women to help me carry it out
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We decided our theme would be "The Best Gifts".  So, all our decor centered around presents.
We used Christmas-themed patterned paper for the place settings, and a gift tower was the centerpiece for each table.

At the front of the room we had a few Christmas trees, along with some gaily wrapped presents (wrapping paper here).

I put together this fun oversized print, which is now displayed in my home.  It's simple to make:
I downloaded this printable from Tips from a Typical Mom and had it printed at 16x20.
Then I used glitter wrapping paper from Walmart, cut to size, and taped it to a foam display board.

Finally, I attached the photo print with thumbtacks in the corner.  It was a great display for the dinner, and now it looks awesome in front of my fireplace!

For dinner, we had soup bowls with soups provided by some of the women in the ward, delicious tossed salad, and Chocolate Pudding Parfaits for dessert (layers of crushed oreo, cubed pound cake, peppermint marshmallows and white or milk chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream!) 

 Here's how we decorated the food table (obviously before the food was added!)

For our program, we showed three short videos reminding us that Jesus Christ is the best gift we have been given.  Since we have been given such an amazing gift, we need to give the best gifts we can in return, and we do that through serving others, and by giving our hearts over to God.  You can check out the videos here, here, and here.  They may bring a tear to your eye!

We finished with a musical number- four women sang "In the Bleak Midwinter" and it was just beautiful!

We sent the sisters home with a tile with vinyl reminding them that Christ is "The Best Gift of All".  

This is a really frugal gift if you're on a tight budget- the tiles only cost about 15 cents each and I cut all the vinyl on my Silhouette.  We had leftover black vinyl from our Craft Night, so this was super cheap!
I came away from the night with a desire to be more Christ-centered this Christmas, and to try not to let the hustle and bustle of the holidays weigh me down.  I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to put this night together, and I hope everyone had a great time!
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38 comments:

  1. That turned out really nice, good job!

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  2. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing! Very helpful.

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  3. This is awesome. Do you have a file or layout for the "lessons" taught? if so I'd love for you to share- natashaireland14@gmail.com This is great.

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  4. Can you tell me what the first video was? The link seems to be broken. Also, did you cut the vinyl with a cricut? If so, can you tell me what cartridge you used?

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    1. Ann- I'm sorry it doesn't work! It's a Mormon Message called "The Reason Behind Christmas". I updated the post to include a new link. For the vinyl, it's actually a file I designed myself and I cut it on my Silhouette. I am happy to send you the file if you know someone with a Silhouette!

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    2. Could you send me the file? I'm having a hard time finding the silhouette, any ideas?

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    3. My file will only cut on the Silhouette studio software. I'm happy to send it to you, but it can only be opened in Studio. Do you have a friend that owns one?

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    4. You could use the cricut New Testament cartridge to make a similar cut out.

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  5. Can I get the file for the Silhouette?

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  6. We would love to be able to get the file as well!!

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    1. Since you don't have an email attached to your profile, drop me a note at occasionallycrafty@yahoo.com and I'll send it right to you!

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  7. We just finished planning our December RS activity, and we're using your idea! Thank you so much for sharing it on your blog. We love the tile gift, could I get a copy of the vinyl file? Thank you again!

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    1. Leslie- Since you don't have an email attached to your profile, email me at occasionallycrafty@yahoo.com and I'll send it right over!

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  8. Valerie, thank you so much for posting this idea. I, too, will be using it for our RS Christmas activity. I was wondering if you happened to download the "What Shall I Give" video? If you did, would you mind emailing it to me? (becky.andreason@gmail.com) I've found the video on youtube and lds.org but neither have a download option and trying to play videos off the internet at my church building doesn't work too well...at all. Thank you so much!

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  9. Can I also have the file for the vinyl? Thank you.

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    1. Actually my email is not attached to my profile. I will send you an email. Thanks.

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  10. I love this idea! Can you tell me where you bought the tiles from?

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  11. Hi Valerie, I have a friend who has Sillouette and we would love the file to this. Could you send it to me. Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. This is so wonderful! I love your tiles! Would you mind sending the file to me as well? I wanted to do those for my visiting teaching ladies. Thank you so much!!!

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    1. Hey- I'd love to send it to you. Send me an email to occasionallycrafty@yahoo.com and I'll send it on (but I'm leaving town tomorrow so send it quick!)

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  13. I would love to have the download for the video and the vinyl if possible.
    grandmadx3@hotmail.com
    Thank you

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  14. I''d love to have the file as well!! lindsaydchapman@hotmail.com. Thank you so much!!

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  15. Could I get the file for the vinyl? We are going to give those the tiles as gifts for our RS Christmas dinner this year and I am in charge of making them. Thanks!
    ktdance333@gmail.com

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  16. This is so beautiful! I only have a cricut do you think you could just tell me the names of the fonts you used for your vinyl??

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    1. The and Gift are Times New Roman. Best of all is LaurenScript. Good luck!

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  18. I have a Silhouette and would love to use your file please. email is d3.web@hotmail.com

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  19. This seems awesome! I would love the file for the silhouette please.

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    1. Send me an email at info@occasionallycrafty.com and I will send it to you! Your comment here doesn't have an email address attached.

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  20. Valerie,

    Could you send me the file for the silhouette? We would love to do this for our Relief Society Christmas gift this year. Thanks!

    My email is heather.hales89@gmail.com

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  21. Ok, I'll try this again. I love your ideas and would like to use some of them. Your blog is awesome. Can you send me a copy of the silhouette file. My email address is dneis_77@hotmail.com. Thank you so much.

    Danielle

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  22. To bad you can't upload the file here to a cloud or something so you don't have to keep sending it out, but I too would love for the Silhouette file. Did you used a 4" tile? My email is dehemmer@yahoo.com.

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    1. Don't know why I'm coming up as Unknown. Hopefully you'll get this message. I would like the Silhouette vinyl file for the tile. I was hoping to make them this week for my primary teachers for all they do to teach the best gifts to a mom and dad, their little kiddos. Thanks a bunch and have a great day.

      Karen DeHemmer dehemmer@yahoo.com

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  23. I love your creativity! If it's possible I would love a copy of the cut file! My email is bobbijobrim@gmail.com. I can't wait to use this for our ladies christmas dinner at church!

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  24. This is such a fantastic idea! I would love to get the file for the Silhouette please. Such cute ideas to use. Thanks!!

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    1. Please email me directly at info@occasionallycrafty.com and I will send it to you!

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