Wreaths and humility
A fresh green wreath and humility
A Cherry Almond Wreath and humility
Humble Girls

We had a great lesson this week that tied in so well with the Christmas season. A lesson on humility. Even though the girls had a hard time describing it, by the end of our time together, I think they got it!

We learned that Balcony Girls are humble! They put God and His concerns first. Proud or selfish individuals put themselves first. When we give, it’s not about getting recognition back, or even praise! Being humble means knowing the truth about yourself … not pretending to be something that you’re not.

To make it easier for the girls to understand and help them in their friendships, I explained this: Humility is not something we can wear – it’s not how you dress or how you look. It’s an attitude of the heart.

And taking it a step further, the girls listened as I shared the Christmas Story with them – highlighting the humbleness of Christ’s birth. We talked about the humble gifts that the shepherds and wise men brought to their King. Their eyes widened with the reminder that the Shepherds were “nobodies.” In today’s society the shepherds would not have compared to a movie star or a well-known person. And we talked about the fact that it took the Wise Men two years to travel to see their King, bringing gifts emphasizing His kingship!

Before the lesson we gathered around the table for Little Smokie Wraps (Yum!), and a Cherry Almond Wreath (Yum, Yum!). I couldn’t find my old recipe, so I gathered the ingredients in my mind, made it up as I went, and sprinkled the top with green sprinkles.

One of the Balcony Girl’s mommies also came to help us make fresh green wreaths. We converted our garage and ping pong table into a craft room – and the girls went spinning out of control with creativity. (Check out last year’s wreath making here)

Our lesson was great, our time was special as we sang and listened to Christmas music, and once again I was reminded of another Balcony Girl lesson for life.

One so appropriate for the Christmas season.

Cherry Almond Wreath
2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 brick of cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. Almond extract
1 can Cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 375. Unroll crescent dough; lay out on your cooking stone or cookie sheet (see photo), in a circle with wide ends toward the center. Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and extract together. Spread onto the crescent dough, around the ring. Spoon the cherry pie filling on top.
Bring the outside of crescent dough tips up and over the mixture, tucking into the inside of wreath. Sprinkle top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
(Make it ‘Lite’!! I used ‘lite’ cream cheese, crescent rolls and pie filling!)

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