What’s Up Emerge? Tonight was our annual Christmas party.

We started off hanging out for a bit while we worked to resolve a few technical difficulties. After that, we moved into  Christmas song worship. We sang Angels We Have Heard on High, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night. After worship, Anna prayed and we moved on. (Quick Fact about worship: During the first song, we sang the line Gloria in excelsis doe, which means “Glory in the highest” – cue “The More You Know” screen)

After that, Anna read the Christmas story from Luke to us. If you missed that, turn in your Bible to Luke 1 and start reading! 🙂

Following that came our gift exchange. Each person picked a gift from under the tree, then we played a game where Anna read “The Night Before Christmas” and each time she said LEFT or RIGHT, we passed the gift to the left or the right. After we completed that, we opened the gifts one at a time. Anna got the messiest gift of the evening, thanks to Brandon who wrapped his in many boxes with packing peanuts and shredded paper.

After the exchange, we played a game where we had to determine what was inside a stocking. Each person took a turn guessing until all of the items were guessed correctly. Madisyn won that game and ended up with a McDonalds gift card.

Following that, we took time to distribute Wolfgang candy bars to be sold. That took a while, and consumed most of the rest of the night. At the end, we spent time cleaning up.

That’d be it for our Christmas party, and youth group for 2011. We’ll see you on Sunday for Sunday School, then on New Year’s Eve for our party. INVITE SOME FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yeah, I just did that!) 🙂

Also, PLEASE try to sell some pocket calendars between now and then… 🙂