The girls quickly made their way into the room, all dressed up, each of them in festive attire. Kaya and her tribe did not celebrate Christmas, so she borrowed some snowflake and Coconut dog pajamas from Ivy so that she could look somewhat festive. Shola (H4H girl) did not celebrate Christmas either, but she wore a nice dress and was still allowed to attend the celebration with her friends.
Kirsten still wasn't doing great on her feet, so she limped over to a small place near a pillar in the room where she sat and participated as much as she could in the festivities.
Jasmine opened the large box of colorful lights and began to take them out. The excitement in the room built as the parents passed out peppermint bark, peppermint tea, and hot chocolate.
The lights were unboxed and looked beautiful. Everyone held their breath excitedly as Payton took the plug and plugged them into the wall.
They all lit up in the blink of an eye. The girls cheered excitedly, all trying to race to grab ahold of the strand at the same time!
Ivy grabbed ahold of a light, as did most of the other girls. They formed a circle around the tree, passing down the strand as Molly strung it around the tree.
The girls continued passing them down the circular path to finally reach the tree.
Josefina and Shola decorated the tree with tiny ornaments like paper snowflakes as soon as the lights had all been strung onto the top.
"Shola, can you give me a hand with the lights?" Molly asked.
"Okay," Shola replied, going over to the other side of the tree to untangle them. Instead of untangling them, she got herself tangled up instead. "Oh!"
Shola fell to the floor, and her friends quickly helped her out by grabbing the strand and unraveling her out and then putting the lights on the top of the string.
"Well, I guess we know who not to ask when we need help with the lights," Molly laughed. Shola knew she wasn't being mean, she was just kidding.
Soon the lights had been put on the tree.
"It looks a bit lopsided," Molly commented, after sighing heavily.
"It's okay," Felicity told her, putting her arm around her shoulder. "It doesn't have to be that perfect! I think it looks great! I can feel the Christmas spirit already!"
Molly smiled just as guitar music filled the air.
It was Lanie! She had taken a seat next to Kirsten, and they had created a little band. Kirsten sang and Lanie played. Soon, all the girls were singing along to all of their Christmas favorites; Jingle Bells, White Christmas, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, and Jingle Bell Rock. They didn't sing any of their other favorites that were more religious and about the real reason for the season just because Kaya and Shola were part of different religions who did not believe in that and the girls wanted to be sure to include everybody in the exciting festivities.
The girls danced and twirled to Lanie's beautiful music and Elizabeth even played a few tunes on her violin, which she had been anxious about even playing since her audition.
Kanani and Lanie danced together, making up funny new dance moves and Kanani even taught the girls a few hula steps. Then, Kanani's Cousin Rachel called and they promised they would Face Time her later to show off the hula moves Kanani had taught them.
Then they played a few games like "London Bridge" only without the annoying London Bridge rhyme chanting. XD
Shola quickly came out the other side of the "bridge" along with Kanani so that she wouldn't get caught. Ivy followed closely behind.
Kanani took pictures and Payton made sure to make each and every one of the them very funny!
After three hours of crazy festivities, it was nearly 11:45 at night! Jasmine collapsed into Felicity's lap as they crowded around, admiring the tree.
Ivy, Payton, Jasmine, Elizabeth, and Felicity crowded on one side, admiring the work they had done that night, though it wasn't really work.
Julie and Kirsten and Kit stood on one side, with Kirsten being helped to stand by Kit and one of her crutches. The remaining girls stood in front of the tree.
After a while, the girls began to head off to bed. They would have a sleepover in front of the tree another night. Felicity and Elizabeth couldn't help but look back at the tree one more time.
"It's beautiful," Felicity smiled and Elizabeth smiled too.
"It is beautiful," Elizabeth agreed.
And it was.
I know the lighting wasn't that great, but I had to have it like that so that I could show off the lights. Next year, hopefully, the lighting will turn out better!