Christmas Holiday Service

Just 4 hours of sleep after the mini-concert on Saturday night, we had another gig at The Long Beach Playhouse. It's a great sounding room.  Siena and I set up our sound system, took some pictures...

Siena before the gig
Siena before the gig

And turned on a few stage lights.

Stage Lights
Stage Lights

This gig was for The Center for Inspirational Living.

Program
Program

Although the head minister, Rev. Patricia King, wasn't able to be part of the service and everyone missed her on this special day, it still managed to work out beautifully.

Our friends Dennis Bryan and Leslie Jensen were able to join us again.

And after the previous night's performance, we were all rehearsed up and ready to go!

An artist friend of ours, Denise Rosier, recently wrote a beautiful congregational song called "We Are."  With her blessing, we introduced it to the church as part of the service.

We performed the same solos as the previous night, plus led the congregation in "Silent Night" with a verse in Hawaiian, too.

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, Maluhia, malamalama Ka makuahine aloha e Me ke keiki hemolele e Moe me ka maluhia lani Moe me ka maluhia lani

After this service, everyone was treated to a brunch/lunch of tamales, refried beans and rice!  We had veggie tamales.

Tamale Brunch
Tamale Brunch

From that gig, we headed to a friend's house.  It was time for some serious gingerbread house decorating.

These friends really know how to do the Christmas thing.  Holiday music, kids, Christmas trees, and Santa hats.

It started like this.

Gingerbread before
Gingerbread before

Toast took a break for some sugar (a unique concoction by a very creative five-year old).

Toast eats sugar
Toast eats sugar

While the kids and their mom kept on decorating.

Boom!

Gingerbread after
Gingerbread after

We celebrated with a dinner that included these beautiful Sugar Plum Tomatoes with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh basil.  (Thank you Susan & Robert!)

Sugar Plum Tomatoes
Sugar Plum Tomatoes

The perfect colors for a Merry Christmas.

Ho ho ho!