We really enjoyed hosting this and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves too. There were 9 adults and 11 children and some lovely costumes.
We began with a shared table of Eastern and star shaped food which made a change after 12 days of mince pies and Christmas cake! We attempted a traditional Galette cake consisting of frangipane and puff pastry although due to health and safety we didn't hide anything in it :-)
After the food and some play time for the children we had a treasure hunt, following a star, with 12 pictures leading from place to place until we ended at the crib where the 3 Kings found the real treasure of the baby Jesus! There were also gold coins hidden there to keep the children happy.
We then sang the 12 days of Christmas with Roy leading us and Paul gave us adults a quiz on the real meaning of this popular song.
Next we blessed our house with the help of our young guests and everyone received chalk, holy water and a house blessing to take home. We processed up the stairs singing 'We Three Kings of Orient..' with 3 children chosen to carry the 3 gifts, to our chapel where we prayed the HFG prayers.
We were able to show the children our real Frankincense, Myrrh and gold in special boxes.
This party was such a good way to end the 12 days of Christmas and we hope to do the same next year.
Some of the food and the 3 gifts
"Come to our next event or else I'll..." Roy threatening our newest members
Joseph 'reading' us a story