By Robyn Rexin
The Vavenby community Christmas potluck dinner was held last week with approximately 75 people attending.
There was lots of delicious food to eat as well as coffee and a punch supplied.
Before supper Barb Pennell, the organizer of the party, gave thanks to the Vavenby Trails and Recreation Society for its sponsorship, to a private donation that went towards the dinner, and to Pennell Rentals for donating the turkey.
She then asked Ian Moilliet to say grace.
To the children’s joy Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at 7:30 p.m. Most of the children sat on Santa’s knee to tell him what they wanted for Christmas and then received a stuffy and a big bag of goodies.
A few adults decided to get their picture taken with Santa too and received the treasures as well. The night was full of fun for everyone. Thanks go to Barb Pennell for putting so much time into making this event such a success.
Many of the decorations she had made herself.
An elf named Elfo has taken time off from Santa’s workshop and arrived at the school on Dec. 4, the first day the students saw him in the classroom. They have seen him every day since he showed up, but he does move around in the school.
On Dec. 4 Elfo hung stockings in the library and put gum in them. He leaves a different treat each day.
The week Elfo showed up and the students were busy. On the Wednesday they made ninjabread men. Then on Thursday student Charlie Jones – MacDonald’s mother came in. She helped the children make ornaments out of flour, salt, and water to make a clay-like substance and then the ornaments were baked.
The students have also made posters to advertise their upcoming Christmas concert which is on Dec. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a dinner afterwards.
On Dec. 9 Sandy Russell brought into the Vavenby Christian Church a gingerbread church, gingerbread cookies, plus candies, and tubes of icing for the children to decorate them after Sunday school.
The children loved doing it and passed out their completed cookies for the adults to enjoy.
The gingerbread church will be on display at the upcoming Christmas in the Village on Dec. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be lots of Christmas music and a turkey dinner to follow.
There is no Movie Night at the church this month.
The last day of crib for 2018 will be Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. It will start up again in the New Year.