Here are the photos from the 25 Days of Christmas Gifts. I decided to put it into a video.
It finally snowed this month. We were supposed to get blizzard-like snow but instead, we got lots of wind and a nice dusting of flaky snow. It’s pretty and peaceful (as always) but extremely cold. The temperature outside is 17.8°F.
I am pretty happy this morning. I’ve got all my work done and I can blog freely with no other stress! It feels amazing! Of course, this never lasts so I’m going to make the best of it before I have to get busy again.
The Christmas tree went up a week ago. I have such a hard time decorating it. It could be that I just don’t have enough ornaments but it always looks as though there’s something missing.
And, it’s lopsided too. Not sure how to fix that. Husband and I tried whatever we could to hold it upright but we’ve agreed that it’s just the tree. That’s the thing that annoy me with real trees + the spiders and maybe other bugs. Btw, the red and gold baubles were gifts from my friend, Sunflowerslady.
I’ve been extremely busy lately. I was supposed to take things slow but there’s so much that has to be done.
Last year, I started a 24 Days of Christmas gift-a-day countdown with my kids. They really enjoyed getting a gift a day so this year I am doing it again. But, instead of all gifts I’m also having them do things that don’t cost a thing. And, it’s going to be 25 days instead of 24. I’m going to have them take a photo on the 25th day.
The first envelope enclosed a note to draw the Nativity. I had the family participate. My oldest threw a big fit initially. She refused to draw but then eventually gave in and actually enjoyed it. My youngest threw a fit too. She was set on drawing 3 angels (besides the drummer boy and the sheep). She had her colors picked out and everything. Then, my oldest started to draw an angel and my youngest just screamed and cried. After the angel was drawn she attempted to erase it and fussed and cried when husband and I didn’t let her. Then my oldest decided she’d turn her angel into a candle and my youngest was able to get her 3 angels in. Not the best 1st day of Christmas I tell ya!
Holiday Cards for Heroes
About 6 years ago (wow…that was a long a time ago) when I taught Catechism, I had my students write letters to our military troops. It was fun and they all enjoyed writing their letters. This year, via Facebook, someone I follow (sorry, I can’t remember whom!) mentioned something about making cards for our military. I don’t teach Catechism anymore but my siblings do so I asked if they’d like to have their kids make cards and I’d mail them out for them. We all had a great time. Everyone made at least 2 cards and I believe one little girl made 4!
Yesterday, Kida’s class celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, having a big feast, and playing some games. In the photo, the student who stood the longest on one leg wins. Kida (that’s her feet in the front) didn’t win but she held on for a very long time.
This Thanksgiving, the family will be spending it with the extended family as we do almost every year with lots of food and laughter.
I hope you and your family will enjoy this day together.
Husband finally finished painting over the pale white walls of the great room, upstairs landing, loft, and entryway. He painted them a soft sand color, the same color he painted the living room (thought I had blogged about the living room awhile back but I didn’t). It doesn’t look extremely different but the small change in color really does make the rooms and other areas feel warmer.
The photos were taken while husband was painting and doing some touch-ups.