Tuesday, December 23, 2008
No room (The Innkeeper)
by Todd Agnew
There's no room...no room in the inn,
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Colton's class has been busy with Christmas fun this week.
They adopted a needy family in their class, and each child signed up to help in some way - either with Christmas Dinner or with gifts for the family members. Colton chose to sign up for treats, so we spent Tuesday night making these (thanks, Terri!):
Then, the class got to meet the family, sing for them, and deliver all their goods on Wednesday.
Today was the last day of school before break, and Colton's class went carolling in the halls. They all had little bells or tambourines, so they were very jingly indeed. They were trying to hard to be quiet in the hallways in between knocking on classroom doors!
Colton's words of wisdom from this week, which I know will serve him well:
1. Mommy, when the family comes to the classroom, you shouldn't say things like "Why are you so poor?" or even "Hey, I'm glad you're poor so you could be our Christmas family." Because that's rude. It might make them feel bad.
2. If you don't want to sing while you're carolling, you should just keep banging your tambourine against your leg like this - **insert a little rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, complete with tambourine action.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Funny things happen when you schedule a Gingerbread Party that no one can come to - your decorations get put up well before Christmas Day! Accordingly, you are done decorating in time to participate in Boo Mama's famous Christmas Tour of Homes. Woo Hoo!!
This little guy sits on the landing of our "grand staircase"
Santa pics of the boys from itty bitty until now
The stockings were hung by the piano with care . . .
The little, wall hanging Christmas tree. Just decorated with simple green, red & white lights.
The Wall Hanging Section
A Santa my sister-in-law made us years ago. She is a quilter-extraordinaire!
A Santa quilted wall hanging my mom made. It's so cool. She is dying right now because I didn't iron it before I hung it up. Sorry, mom!
Another mom original. This one is my favorite.
This is the kid's nativity. They pick the backdrop and arrange the figures. I try really hard not to re-arrange them when they're done. It was a cheapie, because I figured it would end up broken, but this is it's 5th year, going strong. We've come a long way from the first year, being set up in one big, long, very straight line!
A simple, rustic nativity. I think the antique radio actually makes a pretty good backdrop!
I love Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Help somebody if you can.
- Always try to win.
Not necessarily in that order. Even though they should be.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- It is the focal point of our Christmas decorations.
- Our family decorates it together each year.
- It displays ornaments that hold countless memories for me.
- It displays works of art the boys have made throughout the years.
- The boys take such pride in rediscovering each of their ornaments and hanging them for the new year.
- It will protect many cherished Christmas prizes under it's weighted branches.
- It will be the set of continuing Christmas tradition, when Matt and the boys sleep underneath the branches, telling stories and dreaming underneath the twinkle of the lights.
- It will stand long after the gifts are opened and flung aside, as a reminder that Christmas is not about the moment of the gifts, but endures much longer, it's true purpose revealed throughout the whole year.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your green limbs teach a lesson;
That constancy and faithful cheer,
Are gifts to cherish all the year.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
And, I don't know if you knew it or not, but my husband's a pretty big deal.