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One of our most successful Ward Christmas Parties was a "Christmas in Nauvoo."  We researched what life would have been like in Nauvoo in December of 1843, which was to be Joseph's last Christmas.  We set up booths throughout the church as different buildings from Nauvoo and had different activities.  The dinner (we did stew and cornbread... the easiest meal we ever served) was served in the gym at the "Mansion House." There was also:

~ Stick pulling in the "Grove"
~ The children could make a tin punch ornament at the "Tin Shop" 
~ The High Priest group did a display on making bricks
~ We had a "Museum and Library" where people could bring things they had from or about Nauvoo
~ A place to write notes to our missionaries at the "Post Office"
~ Gingerbread for dessert at the "Scovil Bakery"
~ There was a special section for the Nauvoo Temple with a video playing about the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple. 

The idea was to have the program first, the break for whatever activities people wanted to do.  Of course we had most go straight to the food, but they mingled later.  We had a Nauvoo timeline stretched across the back wall and facts about each building by or in each room.  We also put together a program with narration and congregational singing.  We had a lot of comments about what an informational evening it was.  I loved being able to pull something from church history and put it together into a celebration. 

Here is a copy of the timeline, the facts, the program, and the assignments we gave to each auxiliary.  The bibliography at the end of the facts document is for all of the documents.

Nauvoo Assignments
Nauvoo Facts
Nauvoo Program
Nauvoo Timeline


 
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