Saturday, December 6, 2008

PEF Christmas Party 2008

PEF had its annual Christmas party last night after Friday Night Fellowship. As always, it was a really fun night of fellowship and Christmas spirit -- complete with gingerbread houses and caroling! I've uploaded a bunch of pictures onto Facebook, but here's a brief run-down of some of our favorite moments from last night.

Just a small section of the amazing spread at the party... I love Christmas cookies. :)

One of the new events at the Christmas party this year was a gingerbread house making contest. We've had gingerbread house decorating in past years, but it was usually done with graham crackers, empty mini milk cartons, and tons of icing and candy. This year, the icing and candy remained, but we went with these amazing little gingerbread house kits. And wow, did the students deliver with creative and beautiful gingerbread creations!

The artists, hard at work.

Here are just a couple of the entries:

Gingerbread train and caboose; Nassau Hall, complete with ivy (click to enlarge)

I took a bunch of pictures of the gingerbread creations and their makers (all of which, again, are available on Facebook), but I had to post at least this one picture of proud undergrad gingerbread house architects:

Because, of course, the best part about making a gingerbread house is testing to be sure that your materials are sound.

My other favorite moment at PEF Christmas parties is the caroling. We all gather in the front room in Murray-Dodge, pass out the old carol books, and sing our hearts out.

Jamie Rankin, German professor and pianist extraordinaire

Part of the large circle of carolers

What a wonderful way to celebrate the incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!