After weeks of planning and stressing over the Advent Festival, it, as usual, went off well anyway. Honestly I don’t know if anybody had doubts, but still, these things take careful preparation. Most of the preparations were done two hours before the event started, which of course meant lots of down time. We apparently all assumed that since we put the youth group in charge it would take longer, but the opposite seems true. The adults in the group kept the kids occupied by having them grab this or that every now and then.
As for the gingerbread houses, or more accurately graham cracker houses, the final count was thirty-five. Due to the abundance of children either eating an average two pieces for every one they’d place on their house we ran out of candy before houses. I had to tell the last few people, “Check the cookie station. They have sprinkles.” Oh well. Of course, this should have become apparent that if you wanted a gingerbread house you need to be there first thing since my table was overflowing with architects while the other four were empty for the first half-an-hour. Alas, at the end, a lone house stood naked and unadorned. I left it in the kitchen for someone just in case.