It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Party

Earlier this year I wrote about our Journey to Oz activity with our church group. It was the perfect way to kick off a year full of fun activities.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Right now my job in my ward is the Relief Society activities coordinator.

We closed out the year this month with a neighborhood “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas party. It was a great party.

Here’s what we did.

We wanted to help others have a more “wonderful” winter season. So one of our committee members set up a box in the foyer of the church for people to bring new socks and underwear to donate to local homeless children. We ended up with a bunch to give.

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We set up a table with pictures of the missionary and service men from our ward.

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People at the party could make them Christmas cards at a card-making station then put them into miniature blue mailboxes that my neighbor, and our Relief Society President, made. They got a treat for participating.

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One of my neighbors made a wintery scene from Bedford Falls out of butcher paper. We hung it up on a sidewall beneath the words “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Then we set up a table next to it with paper doilies and pens on top. People at the party could write something on the doily about their life that is wonderful then glue it on to the winter scene as a snowflake.

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I loved this part. It was so fun to see people tack their snowflakes up. Many of them wrote things like “family” on their flakes.

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We decorated the tables with white plastic tablecloths, red fabric runners, wrapped boxes, vases with red and gold ornaments in them and “It’s a Wonderful Life” plaques. We had several wooden circles left over from a previous activity so we painted them like chalk boards then I used this downloadable image to cut out some vinyl for the plaques. On the back we put a couple of quotes from the “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie.

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We hung a string of lights across the gym then left the lights a little dim for the party. It set a great tone.

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One of our committee members set up a craft corner in the room where people could make these sock snowmen and tissue paper nativity scenes. They turned out so cute!

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In the foyer another committee member set up a photo scene where people could get pictures with different winter photo props. Toward the end of the activity we had a visit from two very special guests. Mr. and Mrs. Clause led us in a couple of Christmas tunes (we had lyrics projected onto a white screen) then they headed to the photo scene so they could visit with all the children and get their pictures taken. We had cookies for Mrs. Clause to give to the children and candy canes for Santa to hand out.

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The party was held on a Saturday morning so we had several people in the neighborhood sign up to bring breakfast casseroles and muffins. We bought lots of fruit and orange juice.

Then each member of the Relief Society activities committee brought hot chocolate for our hot chocolate bar.

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People could furnish their cocoa with Heath bits, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and Reddi Whip. My neighbor painted a piece of wood to look like chalkboard and I cut out some vinyl to make a “Hot Chocolate Bar” sign. We kept the cocoa warm in crock pots and thermoses. This was a big hit. And I love hot chocolate so it was perfect for me!

It was a lot of work but it turned out to be so worth it. We had a great turnout – nearly every chair was filled. It was fun to be around friends and neighbors celebrating our wonderful lives.

Here’s a picture of the committee who put on the party. It was definitely a group effort!

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