December Recap

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree 

How lovely are thy branches of the 4-H Christmas tree.  The boughs are beautifully decorated with hats and gloves denoted by 4-Hers, Master Gardeners, and staff.  So many items were donated that hats and gloves were also placed beneath the tree.

Thank you so much for supporting our annual collection for the New Castle County Adopt-A-Family Program.   The recipients will be more comfortable when they venture outdoors.

Winter Fun Day 

Many people are singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  This statement was evident at the 4-H office on Saturday, December 8.  Evergreen branches covered a large portion of the conference room floor, several pounds of cookie dough had been rolled out on a table in the kitchen area, and craft projects were tucked into another corner- while Christmas music added to the spirit of the day.

Over 20 youth from several 4-H clubs and camps learned how to make a Christmas centerpiece and then created their own, using fresh cut greenery and berries, holiday and winter decorations, and bows.  All the centerpieces were remarkably well done and will look beautiful on tables or mantels.

After finishing their arrangement, the youth rolled out sugar cookie dough, cut out shapes, and added their personal touch by adding sprinkles and other decorations.  While they impatiently stood around the oven waiting for the cookies to bake, there was an assortment of healthy goodies to eat.  It was a delicious and warming activity.

The participants also spent time making beaded Christmas wreaths, craft stick trees and Santa hats, and pipe cleaner candy canes.  Some designed their own crafts with the supplies.

All left with their hands full of beautifully hand-made decorations and their stomachs satisfied with delicious cookies and healthy snacks.