Hymn of the Week–“Where Shepherds Lately Knelt” (Lutheran Service Book #369)
It’s been a long time since we’ve dedicated a week to “Christmas School,” but if ever a year needed it, it’s 2020. So this week was spent making ornaments, baking cookies, reading Christmas stories, and watching different versions of The Nutcracker.
I was especially excited about the ornaments. I had originally planned for the children to make them two years ago, but that was the year I broke my ankle, and I just didn’t have the energy to deal with it. Last year I found ornament kits that I really wanted to make, so these beautiful sequin ornaments got pushed back one more year. We had lots of options for colors and sizes:
They were definitely worth the wait (and the seed beads that may be rolling around the kitchen forever!), because they are beautiful!
We also decorated gingerbread houses, something we have done in the past, but it’s been a few years, and I’ve never had a house for each child (the mansion was a group project).
Speaking of gingerbread houses, we did get out of the house to see the gingerbread creations in the store windows on Main Street. We might not have been able to do most of the Christmas activities I had planned this year, but it was nice to do one familiar thing!
This was also “Cookie Week.” I decided we should bake a different kind of cookie every day, and they should all be cookies we don’t usually bake. On Monday, we made eggnog blossoms, Tuesday was chocolate crinkles, Wednesday we baked kolacky, Thursday we made both Madelines and palmiers, and today we baked spritz.
We did a lot of reading this week, too. We finished A Christmas Carol, and made it through most of Letters from Father Christmas (I plan on finishing that next week). We also read a bunch of storybooks:
- Lucia Morning in Sweden
- Lucia: Saint of Light
- The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Jackie’s Gift
- The Carpenter’s Gift
- Fear Not Joseph
- Madeline’s Christmas
- The 12 Days of Christmas
- The Three Wise Women of Christmas
- The Nativity
It was also “Nutcracker Week.” This is not totally unheard of for us, although this year we were supposed to see a live production. We watched a different version every day:
- Monday: Ballet Company of The National Opera of Ukraine
- Tuesday: Dutch National Ballet
- Wednesday: Wiener Staatsballett
- Thursday: The Royal Ballet
- Friday: The Bolshoi Ballet
We saved our favorite, the San Francisco Ballet production, to watch tomorrow. If we have time next week, we’ll watch the Berlin Nutcracker, too…that’s the only one we have on disc that we didn’t schedule for this week.
This was a really fun week of school, but I’m looking forward to taking a break for a few weeks. Merry Christmas!