Sunday, December 21, 2014

Spreading A Little Christmas Cheer ... Pantry Challenge #36 ... 2014

This is the second year in a row we've done this ...
 
 

 
... made homemade fudge and packaged it up ....
 

(Every year my husband and I give homemade fudge to our neighbors at Christmas time … we have some really good neighbors … it’s my husband's specialty and he makes it every year with a very small amount of assistance from me.  He made it this week and pretty much all I did was tell him where to find the ingredients in the pantry.  Sugar … we had plenty of that that had been preserved by oven-canning in 2012.  As I kept bringing jar after jar after jar (fudge requires a lot of sugar) from our pantry I breathed prayers of thanks to God for His provisions.  Evaporated milk … we had plenty of that in our pantry too … I had purchased it in bulk a while back and stored it in our pantry, again as I removed can after can from our pantry I thanked God for His provisions.  Butter … had that in my pantry too.  The only items we had to purchase for this massive fudge making process was Hershey’s Kisses, pecan halves and marshmallow crème.  Considering we’ll be gifting 100 plus people with these goodies, we feel like this is a relatively inexpensive gift … plus it’s one that we get requests for every year.)

 
 

 
... to spread some holiday cheer to our local Sam's Club employees ...
 
Santa (a.k.a. my husband) got all dressed up in his brand new suit (yes, this is the suit I've been working on for the past 2 weeks) ...
 




... the meat department employees couldn't wait to get their cup of fudge ...
 
... one of them wanted to know if we made it to sell ... he wanted to buy some ... the answer was NO ... this is purely a labor of love and appreciation ...
 
 



... we couldn't leave out the pharmacy!  They see us quite often all year long!
 
All in all Santa handed out nearly 100 cups of fudge to the employees, had his picture taken lots of times, listened to numerous Christmas wishes and lists, brought smiles to lots of boys and girls, adults and even to those who thought they were too big for Santa. 

From there Santa made an appearance at an event sponsored by the Lions Club for under privileged children and then to an individual's home so her grandchildren could enjoy a visit from Santa.

(No money was asked for, collected or accepted at any of these visits.)

What fun we had spreading a little Christmas cheer!
 
I challenge you to do what you can to spread a little holiday cheer this year ... it will fill your heart with joy!
 
 



patsi