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The Reason for the Season

My daughters attend a Catholic preschool this year, which was a nice transition home from the UK for us, especially this holiday season.  I hate the thought that once the girls are in public school, their religion will be something that is taboo to even mention.

But that’s another blog post, I suspect.

What I want to share are these pictures of my gorgeous daughters at their preschool Christmas concerts–concerts where they could sing about the reason we (along with over 85% of Americans) celebrate Christmas.  Samantha even got to play an angel in her class’ Nativity play (and if I do say so myself, her lines were the best performed of the bunch!).

Rehearsing...

...and performing!

Rehearsing...

...spotting mom and dad in the audience...

...and performing!

I can’t wait to share next year’s Christmas season with our new daughter, too!

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A Christmas Reminder

Luke 2: 10-12

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Merry (or Happy) Christmas to all of you.

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The Journey

Well, as I mentioned yesterday, we are here in America safe and sound and relatively unscathed by the transatlantic travels.  

Of course, there’s always the build up to the big trip, which this time, was riddled with holiday gatherings on Tuesday.  The girls had their toddler group Christmas party first thing Tuesday morning, including a stop in to see Santa, some face painting, and some playtime.

Erica, having her face painted

Erica, having her face painted

Sam and Kicka in the ball pit

Sam and Kicka in the ball pit

Then we headed to Moms and Tots Mass, where Father Apollo treated for pizza after mass, and the kids all made gingerbread houses.

Getting the Gingerbread Houses Just Right

Getting the Gingerbread Houses "Just Right"

They were exhausted by the time our travels arrived the next morning, and, in rare form, Marcus managed to read and watch three movies in flight, and I managed to knit, read, and watch some Sex in the City.  Woo-hoo.

I finished a pair of socks for a friend, too, which is always exciting.

Pom Pom Peds in Lornas Laces Solid

Pom Pom Peds in Lorna's Laces Solid

So, now the travels continue as we head down to North Carolina until Tuesday.  It should be a relaxing few days, thank goodness!  After all, we need it!

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Separation of Church and State

Sometimes, I’m happy that we are spending the girls’ preschool and nursery school years in the UK, where they don’t have the separation that is so doted on in the United States. Now, before anyone rails at me and reminds me of religious persecution and why we have the separation of church and state in America, realize that I’m talking about it because of this:

Kicka is the sheep in the back left, Sam is all the way on the right

Kicka is the sheep in the back left, Sam is all the way on the right

I mean, really, there is something to be said for a real Christmas nativity play. The fact that we don’t have to tiptoe around the reason that we have this beautiful (eta: spiritual) season. The fact that my children acted out the birth of Christ, and were able to talk about him in school.

My Angel

My Angel

Something to be said for recognizing that the majority of people (at least in the UK, and in America) do celebrate Christmas, and yet it’s the most taboo of the holidays to talk about in public school. Yet many schools highlight other holidays, faiths, and religions in the interest of education and diversity, but ignore the majority, which could be taught as educational, too.

Baah!

Baah!

If you don’t agree, I don’t mind. As long as you agree that this is the cutest angel and the cutest sheep you’ve ever seen, we’re still on the same page.

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Adventures in Knitting

Ahh…the knitting.  Rest assured that even when I’m not blogging about it, I’m doing it.  Like blogging, it’s part of who I am and part of what keeps me sane.

I haven’t show you much lately, but the holiday knitting is almost complete, and there are finished projects all over the house just waiting to be photographed.  Here are just a few things going on in my knitting world lately…

Wooley Wormwoods Ribbed Beanie in Lornas Laces Shepherd Worsted

Wooley Wormwood's Ribbed Beanie in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted

Patty in Malabrigo Worsted, Vaa Colorway

Patty in Malabrigo Worsted, Vaa Colorway

Shalom Cardigan in Malabrigo Chunky

Shalom Cardigan in Malabrigo Chunky

My Malabrigo Swap Package from Dyno-Knit!

My Malabrigo Swap Package from Dyno-Knit!

Of course, there’s more that I could include here (there’s always more!) but at the risk of boring the non-knitters in the audience, I won’t!  But expect some more shots in the next few days…hopefully the sun will cooperate and I can get some pictures of the last few things to make their way off the needles.

Happy Knitting!

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Winter Wonderland

It’s certainly beginning to look like Christmas at our house. Between the snow day last week (which was fabulous) and the holiday decorations that have filled the first floor of the house, winter and the Christmas season are in full swing.

The decorating was certainly an adventure, as this was the first year that both girls were actively involved in the tree decorating. As a result, our Christmas tree certainly won’t be featured in any decorating magazines, but it certainly looks perfect in my eyes.

The snowfall was probably one of the highlights of the entire year. We spent hours with the girls out playing in the snow, building snowmen, making snow angels, stomping in the snow, watching movies, drinking hot chocolate, and playing together as a family. It was a day that I know I will remember when my children grow up.

Is it really almost Christmas? The time has flown by, yet again this year.

PS:  For those family and friends who keep up with the girls via their website, I want to let you know that I recently renewed and updated it, after it was down for a time.  Please let me know personally if you are missing the link!

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The Christmas Countdown

It is now officially one month before Christmas.

Wahoo!

I’ve ordered all of the girl’s Christmas presents (PS:  Mom, they are coming direct to you, and one of them is huge), and just need to get stocking stuffers once we arrive in the States.

Marcus and I aren’t exchanging gifts this year, but I’d still like to pick him up a little something once we arrive home in a few weeks.  No idea what, though.

I decided to order calendars of the girls after all, though I went with a different (and cheaper) company.  They’re on the way to Mom’s house, too.

The Christmas knitting continues, and if I do say so myself, I’m doing a fabulous job.

I’m still working on Marcus’ sweater.  It’s about 35% completed.

I have 2 1/2 pairs of socks left to knit.

I need to knit the vest for my dad.

One more little thing for a friend.

And that’s it!  Can you believe it?  I am awesome!

I might knit the girls some hats, mittens, and scarves if I can get my act together, but I make no promises.

I want to get my Christmas cards addressed so that they can go into the post on Monday. They came last week, and they do look incredibly cute, if I do say so myself.  We ordered from Snapfish this year, and they always do a nice job with their photo cards.

I am ready Christmas…bring it on!