Each year we look forward to our neighborhood Christmas party when families are invited to join us for a meal, gingerbread-house making, and festive family pictures.  But this year felt different.  This year we purposefully invited those families that have been involved with Live Love in some capacity during 2015, and those volunteers that have been working most closely with them...Families and Friends!  Thanks to some amazing volunteers (Sabra, Bob, and Lauren) the backyard of the Live Love House was turned in to a winter wonderland!  We sat around tables with people that we have connected with this year through our shared experiences together.

Like a giant family reunion with your nearest 100 relatives!

We laughed, ate amazing food provided by all, decorated gingerbread houses, took family pictures in the photo booth, listened to our kids read and act out "The Littlest Angel", and drank hot chocolate during the reading of Rudolph.

As I reflect back on this year and the ways we have grown together and pushed further into creating real connection within our neighborhoods, it warms my heart and inspires me to dig deeper and work harder at this thing called "Community".  Looking forward to new adventures in 2016.

Merry Christmas!

Annabelle Chinchen