Lucia Morning in Belleville

I’m always excited when Santa Lucia Day comes around. I had everything ready to go last night:

The girls were very excited to dress up and serve breakfast this morning…Chickadee got to carry the lussekattes for the first time, and she did a great job!

Happy Santa Lucia Day!

Lucia Morning

Santa Lucia Day has become one of my favorite days of the year. The lussekattes are such a special treat that I literally only make once a year, and the unmistakable smell of cardamom and orange zest makes it very clear exactly what day it is! The girls’ enthusiasm for helping out always warms my heart, as does the fact that the boys are still willing to play the part of the Star Boys. And I look forward to reading our Santa Lucia stories every year, as well. It’s just another highlight of the Advent season in the Markel house!

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Lucia Morning

We had a very fun Lucia Morning!

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Since Bunny is charge of the coffee, she let Ladybug take care of the lussekattes this year. Chickadee enjoyed playing with my American Girl doll.

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Ryan says the lussekattes turn out better every year…I don’t know if he’s right, but I know they taste almost as good as they smell…and I love the way they smell!

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Happy Santa Lucia Day!

Ready for Lucia Morning

December 13th is one of the days I most look forward to during Advent, because it’s Santa Lucia Day. I may not be Scandinavian, but I still enjoy the celebration, and I enjoy it even more now that my daughters get so excited about it!

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We’re ready to commemorate Lucia tomorrow!

2014-15 School Year–Week Fourteen

Last week was insanely busy, both in school, and at home in general. We worked really hard to get a lot of stuff done as we approach Christmas!

We skipped ahead in our religion lessons so that we could study some of the Christmas prophecies, as well as John the Baptist. We’ll keep up with that theme until we’ve made it through the Christmas story, and even Epiphany…after our vacation, of course. It’s always nice to read those old, familiar verses prophesying Jesus’ birth, and who He would be!

Math was mostly review for all three students, although Ladybug is working on learning more of the times tables. Thankfully, nobody had any real problems with any of their assignments, which makes me hopeful that our last tests before Christmas next week will be a rousing success!

Language arts was fairly standard. Everyone did an excellent job on their spelling tests this week, and the writing assignments didn’t involve too much complaining or rewriting. Ladybug has moved on to adjectives in grammar, which is always fun…students get a chance to be a little silly when describing nouns, and it’s good for a giggle to hear what they come up with!

We finished our stem study in botany. Our celery hung around until the middle of the week, and it was amazing to see just how dark the “veins” turned! We also watched some interesting time-lapse videos following both the life cycle of a sunflower, as well as how they follow the sun in just one day. The children really want to grow some sunflowers next summer now, so we’ll what I can come up with, given that I’m a known plant-killer.

We again abandoned our history lessons in favor of Christmas Around the World. This week we focused on Russia, and especially Sweden, since St. Lucia day was Saturday. We spent a lot of time reading about how Christmas is celebrated in those two countries and reading Christmas legends from both countries. We also worked on making St. Lucia crowns and Star Boy hats, which turned out really well, if I do say so myself!

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We sampled a lot of foods from around the world (well, from Greece, France, Italy, Sweden, and Russia, anyway!), in the last two weeks, some of which were new to us, and some of which were old favorites. I think this is one of my favorite parts of Christmas school, and now that the children are older, and more open to trying new things, I think they really enjoy it, as well!

Last week was our last full-ish week of school before Christmas. We’ll still be having school this week, including finishing A Christmas Carol, but I have some special things planned, and less actual work to do…stay tuned!