Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Night In Bethlehem Dinner

Welcome to a Night in Bethlehem
Purple Chocolat Home.

A few years ago we realized that we wanted
to celebrate the birth of Christ on
an extra night - separate from presents
and Santa, and make it be a celebration
of the true meaning of Christmas.

The house is prepared by moving the furniture
out, and placing additional rugs on the
floor as we are going to sit on the rugs
with tables elevated on #10 cans.

The family all receives an invitation and
and when they arrive we greet them in
costume and invite them to put on
a costume if they want.

This year I used burlap tablecloths and copper chargers
with clear plates and goblets (from Dollar Tree).

Electric candles, greenery and pomegranates
decorated the low tables, along with a few
small sheep.

The food is simple fare with a variety of
cheeses, meats, breads and crackers, fruit
and nuts.

My SIL brought me this adorable 
Christmas tree shaped butter.

The creamed honey is from my son's bees,
which he started this past year.

Between every two plates a scroll was placed.
We sat down first and they were invited to
unwrap their scrolls.  On the scrolls were the
words to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

We then turned up the music over the loudspeakers
and sang with the Tabernacle Choir - of course,
they carried us.  It was really fun and the first time
we have done that, but I think it will become a new
family tradition.

Then it was time to eat.  The kids are used to us
making charcuterie and cheese boards so they
enjoy it.

Here is a view from the balcony overlooking

This was the night we served the Chocolate Board.
We thought it went well with the meat and cheese boards.

Now it was time for the Nativity.

I had purchased a new backdrop this year.
You can find it here.  We taped it to the
window.  The manger can be found here,
and the stable was made by a friend years
ago.  All of the sheep were found on Amazon.

The pictures turned out pretty well, but don't
be fooled by their angelic faces, the pictures
don't show the chaos!

Baby was 10 months old and wasn't sure about
all of this fun!  There were tears because we
have 3 boys and 9 girls and everyone wants
to be Mary, of course!

(Mary #1)

This is more like what was really happening.

(Mary #2)

(Mary #3)

The baby Jesus went through quite a lot!!

But in the end, all who wanted to be Mary
got a chance, and looking at the pictures
afterward, you kind of forget how crazy
it was, how many tears, how many kids kept
changing costumes, and how many times the
baby tried to get out of all of this chaos!!!!

I have to admit that the dinner was the 

We are busy preparing for Christmas, but I
think I wrapped my last gift yesterday, if I 
don't go and buy something else!  Phew!!!

I hope the Spirit of Christmas fills your heart
and life at this beautiful time of year.

Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Oh, my goodness, I am more than a little impressed. What a labor of love and that baby, absolutely adorable, and the Mary's, so sweet. But, most of all, what an awesome way to convey the real meaning of Christmas. Love, love this!!!!

  3. Incredibly well executed! What a great family tradition. Our family used to try programs but gave it up long, long ago. Having a separate night is probably your best idea. The table and food fare looked awesome. I would have never guessed Dollar Tree!
    Merry Christmas, Jacquelyn!

  4. What a lovely thought to create an evening devoted to the real meaning of Christmas! You really "put on the dog" as my great-Grandmother would say! I'm glad that everyone was so willing to get into the spirit of the evening. The sing along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir...genius!!! Made you all feel like Pavarotti, huh?😉 Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! And I love that butter mold. What a neat addition to the fun! Cool that your son is raising bees. I'd be scared to death, but it's always good that SOMEBODY is brave!!! Merry Christmas!

  5. Jackie, this is such a wonderful family tradition. I bet you slept well that night!

    The Spirit of Christmas fills my heart and life at this beautiful time of year. xo

  6. Oh Jackie... I am speechless. Your family has far too much fun. What a beautiful tradition. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy New Year!

  7. This is truly amazing Jackie! What a wonderful idea to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas and recreate the nativity scene with costumes for everyone and simple food and tables! I know the kids loved sitting on the floor, so much fun! I can imagine the chaos as we always have 11 children for Christmas Eve, and it's quite strenuous! You have really made a lifetime of memories and parties for your family, you should write a party book next to document all your incredible themes and ideas!
    Merry Merry!!!

  8. OH MY GOSH! I love this! How special and those children are adorable. They will always remember this and I hope they carry on the tradition because this is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

  9. The post gave an impression like going through Jesus story book. Good thought and well presented. The children are cuties. Thank you for this share. Merry Christmas to the entire family. Hugs.. Sujatha from India:)

  10. What a wonderful dinner for your family. How special! I love the costumes and theme. :D The chocolate board was a hit, I'm sure!

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Just beautiful Jackie and a wonderful way to celebrate the reason for the season. God bless you and your lovely family. Kari @ Me and My Captain


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