We put together some food and some ornaments that the children made, and got a table to sell our wares. At first, business was slow. I thought it was because of the economy, and people were inclined to watch their money a bit closer. I also thought they may have been worried about the local version of 'Occupy Wall Street' might drop in to protest the corporate greed of the family-based Catholic entrepreneur. All I need is to have 'Occupy Mater Dei' show up and insist that we distribute the goodies we made for free to all the people who can't find a job.
Thankfully that did not happen, and after a while we started selling. I think people took a look at everything before deciding on purchases. We had a near monopoly on food, so things went well. For a time, the homemade 'sleighs' were literally FLYING off the table.
Here Zelie takes a break in the action to wolf down a sandwich before the next onslaught of consumers:
But the biggest sellers were our sleighs, made with small candy canes, KitKat candy bars, and either a little box of Nerds or Junior Mints. With little bit of ribbon and tape, we made them into the shape of a sled, or sleigh:
There were craft projects for the children to do, and a little train which rode around in the parking lot. The rain put a damper on the outside activities right around the time that the inside show started. Here Bernard, held by his Godfather Nathaniel, watches a puppet show featuring large mice and a nun that sings. He was fascinated by it.
The final part of the show was when St. Nicholas showed up. Here he is, exhorting the children to be good: