The annual youth Christmas celebration was held on Saturday, December 17. As guests were welcomed inside the lodge around 6:00 p.m., two types of holiday punch were served. Then for dinner there was beef stroganoff, roasted carrots, bread rolls, and salad. Throughout the evening, a photo booth was available for friends to take festive pictures.
During dinner, everyone played a Nativity-themed Bible trivia game. It included questions such as, “Who was Jesus’ human father?” and “What is another name for the three Wise Men?” The first person who finished received a prize. Then everyone voted with applause for the best Christmas attire in the following categories: Most Festive; Least Festive; Most Retro; Most Outrageous; Best Overall in Show. The competition was stiff with some wearing gift wrap, Christmas lights, and even a Spiderman costume! The winners certainly earned their titles.
After dinner, everyone participated in a scavenger hunt on the campground. They raced to complete silly tasks such as taking a photo in front of the fountain, throwing a Santa into the basketball hoop, and singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Then they returned to the lodge and worked in teams to decorate about a dozen Gingerbread houses. Surprisingly, the houses turned out pretty nice! Then everyone went caroling at nearby church houses, accompanied by several brass instruments. Some of the homes that were visited included the the Robys, the Phillips, and others; however, with a group of five dozen singing in the streets, it seems likely that the entire neighborhood was able to enjoy the music. Since the Lees were away visiting relatives, the carolers facetimed them and sang to them from their porch! Everyone was excited to be greeted by the enthusiastic Christmas carolers.
After caroling, the group went back to the lodge for brownies and peppermint ice cream, with whipped cream, fudge, and peppermint bits on top, as well as hot cocoa with toasted marshmallows. As they at their treats, a white elephant gift exchange was held. The gifts were $10 or less and ranged from candy to car fresheners and everything in between.
Everyone headed home after the gift exchange, and it was quite late by that time. By all accounts it was a great night of Christmas festivities for everyone who came!