Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Lone Star State...and the Scottish Ceilidh

Clearly we don't go to a Baptist chuch anymore as this past Sat, our church hosted a Scottish Ceilidh! What exactly is a ceilidh?  I didn't have a clue either and therefore I asked my new best friend, Dr. Wiki:

A cèilidh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːli]) or céilí (Irish pronunciation: [ˈceːlʲiː]) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. But in contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.

A dance, at church!  It was so much fun. While I was sitting in church, our new friends, Chris and Chrissie asked us if we had barn dances in Texas.  Oh that question made me miss home. Of course we do, we have hoe downs!  It was a sight to see Jamison trying to teach Chris to say "Hoe Down" with a proper Texas accent!  The question launched a whole discussion on Texas, hoe downs, bar b q cookoff and the rodeo that is currently going on in Houston. Since our family group was scheduled to have dinner together before the dance, Jamison and I asked if we could have a Texas meal - chili, cornbread, Texas sheet cake and ice cream. It wasn't BlueBell, but it worked.  Of course, George was playing in the Background - All My Exes Live in Texas. We had a discussion about how Texas isn't a state, it's a country. God Bless Texas.

 Here we are prepping for the dinner. Grayson made his first batch of chili, Pioneer Woman style.  Jamison and I had to have the whole debate of does chili have beans or not?  Beans won out this go round, much to Jamison's dismay.

The dinner. I would call it a success. They volunteered to celebrate July 4th and Thanksgiving with us as well. Perhaps we will have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
Our home group. Left to around the table - Chris, Hannah and Rob (recently engaged), Colette, Amanda, Kit and Sam. Chrissie was with the kids.

The dance - lots of what seemed to be dosey does, under the arms, etc. It all felt familiar with Scottish tunes. Too bad we didn't get to Cotton Eyed Joe.

Yes that is the pastor to the left.  So much fun.

Dad and the kids!
I'll have to see if I can upload a video.  We are learning all kinds of new things here. So here's to Texas, Britain and Scotland!

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