Thursday, December 24, 2009

Preparing for Christmas 2009

Here's what we've been doing to prepare for Christmas 2009.

I made this wreath (my first EVER) at MOPs in early December.
It's hanging on the door leading from the breezeway into my kitchen.

We also decorated our Christmas tree
the weekend after Thanksgiving.  A rare thing for us!

Nativity ornaments on our Christmas tree
remind us of the reason we celebrate.

Ornaments for past Christmas Celebrations
remind us people and places we have loved.

Ornaments to remind us of our fun Maine 2009 vacation
and a fun Christmas activity from the past.

We attended the Home School Co-op Drama Classes program.  Ben and Ellie are singing a cute song with other kids from the 5 and Under Class.
Will is pretending to be a bird in a skit about the Parable of the Sower.

Joel and the kids hung up Christmas lights for the first time ever!
This is 3 strands of lights that go up a flag pole at the corner of our garage, along the roof of the garage and breezeway, and down the corner where
the breezeway connects to the house.

One night we put the kids in their pajamas and drove around looking
at Christmas lights.  The kids were very confused about driving
around aimlessly!  We found TWO houses with lights set to music!!
I hope it was the beginning of a fun tradition.

We've read a lot of Christmas books.
Watched The Grinch (original version), Frosty the Snowman,
and The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Each night we've read part of the Christmas story from the Bible, a Children's Bible or One Wintry Night for our Jesse Tree readings.  The kids have taken turns adding an ornament to our tree each night.  I printed the Jesse Tree ornaments (the paper dove in the picture) from the internet last year.  Hopefully I'll have something better for next Christmas.
That's what we've done to prepare for Christmas.  
What have you been doing?


Carrie said...

Well, I'd say you did a great job on that wreath. I still haven't made one (but I think about it every year)! ;)

Merry Christmas to you and to your family!!!

Amy said...

Love the wreathe! Looks like a great Christmas for you all...I think Dominoes has a wonderful catering service! Enjoy Joel's parents (not sure if they're still there, but am guessing they are...) Happy New Year!

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