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...
And turned on a few stage lights.
This gig was for The Center for Inspirational Living.
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.
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.
Toast took a break for some sugar (a unique concoction by a very creative five-year old).
While the kids and their mom kept on decorating.
We celebrated with a dinner that included these beautiful Sugar Plum Tomatoes with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh basil. (Thank you Susan & Robert!)
The perfect colors for a Merry Christmas.
Ho ho ho!