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12.06.2013

christmas traditions // NO. 2

for the past four years, i've led a core group of four college girls. i took over the group during their sophomore year in college. since then, two of them have graduated, one got married this summer and is graduating next week, and one will graduate in may (and then she's getting married!!) i feel so blessed to have a group that has stuck together for so long. that doesn't always work out as some quit coming, or they move, or life just gets in the way, but my girls have stuck with me. they've been committed to our group and they value the community we have and the time we spend with Jesus. i treasure the time we've had together, the times we've laughed, and the times we've cried. we've struggled together, we've persevered, and we've grown. it's a beautiful thing.



each year we've been together, we've had a core group christmas party around the first week of december...right around finals time, but before they would all head home for christmas break. we always do secret santa and draw names around the beginning of november so that we have time to shop and be creative with our gifts. we eat dinner, swap gifts, play games, and watch christmas movies. it's one of the things i look forward to every year!


12 comments:

Jessica said...

That is awesome that you have such a great group of friends that are committed to spending time with Jesus and growing. Looks like you guys have a lot of fun! :)

Amanda said...

How special! And that's definitely a rare thing for a core group to stay together that long. P.S.- that tree is AMAZING!

Robyn Black said...

what fun! it's so great to have a group that sticks together & grows together!

Amy said...

seriously - love this!
I would totally crash your core group and join if I was there!
i'm so glad y'all have each other!

Kristyn @ Milk + Crown said...

That is so fun! What a nice thing you do :) They look like a sweet group of women! Christmas traditions are seriously the best, especially with such great friends :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

I am so thankful for them :) And yes, the bring a lot of laughter into my life!

Megan McIlvaine said...

right?? they have 6 christmas trees in their house i think. one looks like it is covered in snow and belongs in narnia.

Megan McIlvaine said...

it is such a blessing!

Megan McIlvaine said...

girl, you'd totes be invited :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

they bring me a lot of joy, that's for sure! :)

Samantha@Elah Tree said...

This is so fun! I love Christmas parties! We're planing to have our Life Group party in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!

Megan McIlvaine said...

christmas parties are the best! just saw your post on throwing christmas parties :) love all your tips!