by Anita Mae Draper
I've been trying to write this post for a couple weeks to avoid the last minute rush - but ha ha, time has got away from me. Mainly because I caught some kind of flu bug at the start of December and didn't start feeling better until I went in for antibiotics two weeks later. Blech. And then the rush was on. Am I the only one who feels that being sick is so ineffective?
I'm writing this on Dec 23rd so it will be Christmas Eve morning by the time you read this. Tonight, our church puts on our 2nd Live Nativity production at the local Candiac Auction Mart and among other things, I've been busy working on the script. Because the auction barn had a big cattle sale on Friday, yesterday after church was our first chance to get into the auction mart for setting up.
But I'd like to show you what's involved in a Live Nativity, so I'm showing some photos I took of the set up and rehearsal, all taken on Dec 22nd starting at 1 pm and going on until 5 pm when the set was ready with stable installed, starry night sky stretched cross the auction sale boards, and first rehearsal over. Here's our process of turning an auction mart into Bethlehem...
|Installing the backdrop - COTH Live Nativity 2013
|Bringing in the Stable - COTH Live Nativity 2013
|Costuming the cast - COTH Live Nativity 2013
|Covering the Sale Boards with the Night Sky - COTH Live Nativity 2013
|Angels exploring their digs - COTH Live Nativity 2013
|Rehearsing the music - COTH Live Nativity 2013
As you can see, it takes a lot of teamwork for our little country church to pull off a production of this scale, but with God's blessing, we hope to repeat- and better - last year's performance.
With all this going on, I haven't had time for much baking. It's a good thing my family's favorite treat is something quick that doesn't need much preparation. It's one of the first recipes I learned from my mom when I was 13 yrs old:
Uncooked Chocolate Macaroons
Mix these together in a large bowl and set aside:
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 6 tbsp cocoa
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
Put in a saucepan and bring to a boil:
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter*
- 1/2 cup milk
Pour saucepan sugar mixture over rolled oat mixture in bowl and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper or parchment lined cookie sheets until they harden, although you must act quickly.
*If you use margarine instead of butter, you will have to keep in fridge or they'll be soft and sticky.
I'd show you a photo, but my family eat these so fast, by the time I reach for my camera, there are only bits of chocolate and coconut left on the tray.
It takes ingenuity and imagination to costume the cast of an amateur Biblical production. Do you recognize what some of the angels are wearing, or the wiseman that Karen and Dianne are dressing in the Costuming photo?
Anita Mae's News! - If you tried to order A Cup of Christmas Cheer and were told they were out of stock, you can try again if you wish because after a second print run, they're back in stock!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season.
Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and the youngest of their 4 kids. She writes cowboy stories set in the Old West, and Edwardian stories set in the East. Anita Mae semi-finaled in the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest, and finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Fool for Love, Duel on the Delta and the Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. Anita Mae's short story, "Riding on a Christmas Wish" will appear in A Christmas Cup of Cheer, Guideposts Books, October 2013. Anita Mae is represented by Mary Keeley of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can find Anita at http://www.anitamaedraper.com/