A Christmas Tradition – Annual Bonfire


For many years now we have enjoyed opening our home during the Christmas season. We love to get many of our friends through our home. We do so by having a “Bonfire Christmas Party.” We invite lots of friends for supper and Christmas foods. Then we head out to the backyard bonfire where we sit on bales of hay and sing Christmas carols together.

We usually have someone, often one of our pastor friends, share some thoughts about Christmas and how it should impact our lives. We love singing and often stay late into the night doing so around the bonfire. Christmas is a time to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf coming to the earth as newborn helpless babe. I guess we started this tradition as it was a great time for quiet reflection and then celebrating with our close friends.

As the years went by, we had so many people it was hard having them all at one time, so we also began having a Christmas Open House, later in the season. We open our home one evening and friends can come and go when convenient. Last year we counted 250 people came through our home in one week’s time. The girls love entertaining, baking, and decorating and it’s such a great way to show hospitality to many folks at one time and give our family the privilege of serving them as our guests.

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Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 22 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

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