Soooo......November and December became much more busy and poor Garrett got roped into a lot more than he had bargained for! It was A LOT of work but so much fun to plan, and luckily a lot of willing people in our church pitched in to make the party a real success.
(Backgournd on Nauvoo: Nauvoo, IL, is a city that was founded by the Mormon pioneers in the late 1830's after they were driven out of Missouri. Built on a swamp, Nauvoo rapidly became the largest city in Illinois at the time. Joseph Smith wrote about the Christmas on 1843 in Nauvoo in his journal, the last Christmas before he was killed by an angry mob in June 1844. So our party was based off of everything we know of that Christmas.)
Luckily, our good friend Kay Schaugaard owns a large costume business so the 100+ people who came to the party were able dress in their best Nauvoo party attire provided by Kay.
We turned the church building into "Old Nauvoo", with different rooms representing the different historical buildings still found in the city......
The Stoddard Tin Shop, where people could come pound their own Christmas Ornaments.
Kids could visit the Scovil Bakery and decorate gingerbread cookies.
There were stick-pulling games in "the Grove".
People were able to write Christmas letters to send to our missionaries for Christmas in the Sidney Rigdon Post Office.
And there was a Nauvoo Temple room where people could view videos about the building of the temple and learn fun facts surrounding the incredible process and sacrifice that went into its construction.
Someone had an authentic key to the original Nauvoo Temple, which the Mormons were only able to barely finish building before they were driven out of the city and the temple was burned to the ground.
Orrin Porter Rockwell (Joseph Smith's friend and bodyguard) brought vintage holiday suckers for the children and read the Christmas story from Luke 2 (a fun change from the usual "Santa visit").
Our little pioneer family.
Thanks for everyone's help making the party a lot of fun! (And now I willingly pass the party-planning baton onto someone else. Whew!)