Christmas worship included three services—two on Christmas Eve where we were involved with handbells and I was singing with the praise team and our choir, and one service on Christmas Day where we also played handbells. Following the Christmas Day service, Bob and I stayed at the church where we welcomed sixty homeless persons who enjoyed breakfast and a wonderful dinner at our church provided by our church family. Bob made a large chafing dish of sausage and bread stuffing, and we also served turkey, ham, meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, a variety of veggies and salads, along with a buffet of desserts. The homeless spent the day from early morning to 7:30 PM enjoying the two meals, singing carols, watching movies and playing games.
I believe this was a blessing for us.
We left later in the afternoon to attend our family dinner which is also a delicious banquet of food. The children opened their gifts and the adults had a White Elephant gift exchange. We also sang, as we traditionally do, The Twelve Days of Christmas which is always filled with laughter.
We are now on the road to spend some time in a warmer climate, but I will stay in touch through the Internet.
Wishing you a blessed new year.
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2012 APPEARANCES, TRAVEL AND EVENTS
Nothing scheduled at this time.
For Christmas my mom always made her delicious nut tarts until the Lord took her to heaven, and now my sister keeps up the tradition by making them. Some times my husband Bob even jumps in to create a few of the delicious treats. Although the Christmas season had ended, the tarts make a good dessert any time so I decided to share the recipe with you so you can make them now or for next Christmas.
GAIL'S FREE BOOK CONTEST DRAWING
The winner of the January free autographed book and small gifts is Deanna Pauline from Washington. The free book drawings are held six times a year: January, March, May, July, September, and November, offering you six opportunities to win, but you must sign the guestbook for each drawing. The next drawing will be in March, so please drop by www.gailmartin.com and look in the boxed area for the Read and Sign My Guestbook. I love to hear from you.
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