But here in the 85201, more specifically in my magical ward there is one amazing woman whose brain is far superior to all others. She just GETS it. She creates a real program, something that is both fun, entertaining AND spiritual at the same time. You KNOW that it will be beautifully decorated, that you will laugh and that ultimatley you will leave remembering the true meaning of this season, you will be reminded to focus on Christ.
This year was no exception...
The theme was Star Search with a retro vibe. The attire was "christmas sweater" and the food was old school (but YUMMMMMY). She put together five "acts" that were so silly and perfect.
First, you walked the "red carpet" into the auditorium.
Welcome to Star search wonderland
I love the people of this ward....they're just cool!
Ladies workin behind the scenes to get the dinner ready.
Adam and Sarah, we love them.
His sweater was first of all, a womans, and secondly so classically awesome and awful!!
Russ and Todd
Brothers in equally fabulous Christmas hideousness
Russ' actually lit up.
Meet Jennnn, the genius behind it all
and the only woman I know brave enough to wear
a bearded hot mess of Santa on her sweater dress.
His beard lit up too.
Joe and the Loose Screws
The lead singer sang Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
the "band" played tools. Sorry, it was hysterical!
This is our Bishopbric (the ecclisiastical leaders of our ward)
They did a vaudeville comedy routine. Jere wrote it, it was funny, IF you know Mormon vernacular.
This is her and the Host Chachi (no words here)
She sang and tap danced and was over the top cheesy.
And sheer perfection.
The Candy Canes
Jere is missing from this pic
They were a Barbershop Quartet
Here is a shot of them in action, with their wierd leprechauny hats
Oh yes, there WAS a kickline, don't worry.
Here we are in all our "scandelous" glory.
I just love more than anything that there are people WILLING to do this stuff.
We had so much fun.
Somewhere there is video of this. I will TRY to procure it so you can enjoy the "amazing" that is ME ever trying to dance. People, a dancer I am NOT!
But, our dance did sort of ROCK!
The illustrious judges
Mrs. Clause, Elf on a shelf and the Snow Queen
Each act was "judged" and commented on.
Oops! This picture got out of order.
I don't know what is happening with my face, other than it looks like some kind of Christmas mugshot.
I just love our little costumes, they're so adorable, and fun.
Anyway.....when all the acts were through, Chachi gathered the "results". The curtains were closed. He then announced that the winner was.....
The curtains opened and we were all there as a living nativity.
Everyone correlated to their part.
Joe was Joseph
The Wise guys were the Wisemen
The candy canes were The Shephards
Mary was...well, Mary
And the Rockettes became the Angels.
It was so cool to hear the collective gasp of surprise when the audience saw us and realized what was happening.
We sang "Star of Bethlehem"
It was beautiful and I won't lie, I may have cried a little bit.
The search for the "Star" was complete
HE is the true reason for this Season.
I'm so thankful to be able to be a part of such a fun and meaningful night. I'm even more grateful for amazing people, FUN people in our lives that love us and laugh with us.
Hope your "star search" is meaningful this Holiday Season.