|Christmas past||December 31, 2018|
|Advent 3 – Gaudete Sunday||December 16, 2018|
|Advent 3, Dec. 16, 2018 – videos||December 16, 2018|
|Christmas Tree, Dec. 16, 2018||December 16, 2018|
|The Christmas Play 2011-2017||December 15, 2018|
|Advent 2 – John the Baptist preaches repentance||December 9, 2018|
|Advent 2, Dec. 9, 2018 – videos||December 9, 2018|
|Port Royal Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 7, 2018||December 7, 2018|
|Giving Tuesday, 2018 – We did it!||December 3, 2018|
|Dec. 2, 2018 – Advent 1||December 2, 2018|
Title:Everett’s Christmas Party, Dec. 17, 2017
Everett’s Christmas, December 17, 2017 (full size gallery)
This is not a Christmas party but a Christmas experience. In every room in the Everett household you are surrounded by Christmas. It is challenging just to see everything. And their collection is still expanding! Cherry picked out one large village piece but Woody said there were 8 new items. The family pitches by starting the decorating in early November to be ready.
The living room has a gigantic tree, a decorated Christmas mantle and a large screen TV with continuous Christmas hits. Then moving into the hall is the real treat – the old Christmas village with churches, hotels, stores, and moveable Christmas rides. It is an assault on the senses! There are three tables, most on permanent exhibit through the year but covered. Last year they added a new double second level with "elevators" plus extra buildings in the layout.
There is a separate home attached with a inground pool covered over for Christmas. In this room are larger Christmas exhibits, including a manger scene, Santa in a balloon and a wire Christmas tree. (Don’t even try to count the trees in this house!). A long table was set for dinner. There were at least 58+ people which exceeds last year’s 45. This was possibly their largest crowd.
We began with cheese and crackers, shrimp and wine and then the family prayer with everyone lined around the pool. Dinner was a covered dish of venison, chicken, turkey and gravy and too many vegetables and vegetable casseroles to count.
We sang happy birthday to Cherry and Nancy celebrating this year. We honored Johnny and Cookie Davis on their 33rd wedding anniversary. As the dinner ended, Helmut began a series of Christmas favorites on the violin and Jim Heimbach on the keys. Nancy actually opened it up with "Amazing Grace." There was also time to relax in the many chairs around the table for conversation.
At the end we processed to their dining room where there was a Christmas gift for each us This room has all the Santas from all over the world.
If this party doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit than nothing will. Hats off to the Everetts for continuing the tradition and all who came to partake.