Today we celebrated Christmas with the southern parts of our mission. We met at the Tree’s home in Yakima, and we had a grand time! It was another perfect day. Come take a look at the fun we had!
The Tree’s have a new feature in their yard this year–a Christmas manger!Our last load of goods for the party.Setting up before the missionaries arrived:And here are our missionaries! Including the ugliest of sweaters!Preparing for the Feast:Watching the Missionary Slideshow:Meet the Packard Family. They prepared our food today. More on them in the next post.Dinner is served!Sister Thompson was up before the crack of dawn baking delicious rolls!Wow, we were well fed! Ham, salad, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots and corn, rolls with pies and cheesecakes for dessert. YUM.
After the meal, we prepared for the program, where each zone provided a special musical number and a Christmas thought. Every single missionary participated. It was fantastic.Here are a few photos of the performers. All of the photos taken today are in an album on our facebook page. Go take a look!After the program, the Packards served hot chocolate or cider and popcorn as everyone settled in to watch the movie, Ephriam’s Rescue.While they watched, we and the office staff went to work downstairs, preparing Christmas gifts and packages. Each missionary received a gift bag filled with popcorn, hot chocolate, hand warmers, a card from the First Presidency, a USB stick drive with the WYM engraved on it, a pen and post-it notes from FamilySearch, homemade fudge, a bag of dried apples, a pint-sized bottle of pressed apple juice, a tangerine and some candies.We also organized 100s of packages that have come in so far for these southern missionaries. A few had to leave early to catch their rides.After the movie finished, the missionaries came down to see the gift room. It’s almost like Christmas morning!We LOVE THESE MISSIONARIES!Leaving this winter wonderland, with a stop at the manger. Thanks to the Tree Family for hosting us and providing a perfect day!All of the photos taken today are posted in an album on our Washington Yakima Facebook page.