Gearing up for the Holidays

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly—Thoreau

Thanksgiving is a great way to open the holiday season.  We spend time traveling to be close to our friends and family, we cook and eat and laugh and shop and plan for Christmas.  And most significantly we remember how important it is to be a cog in the wheel of our family’s lives.

Gearing Up for the Holidays (Quantum)

This year we are really making an effort to remove the materialism from the holiday season.  We are concentrating on the parts of the holiday season that are most important to all of us:  family and friends.

And no, it isn’t easy.  For children, Christmas seems to be inextricably tied to gifts.  But in addition to gifts there are so many tiny traditions and each of these small jewels creates the magic of what we think of when we think of “Christmas!”

We are singing Christmas carols, practicing our roles for the traditional church Christmas pageant, planning all our favorite foods and inviting guests from far and near to come celebrate on Christmas Eve.  Children are trying to earn last minute pennies and we are all busy trying to create “priceless” surprises for one another.

We have temporarily relocated to Vermont and are spending time enjoying one another and enjoying the unexpected.  Here we are able to touch and learn about local wild animals.

Christmas is a winter holiday and Happymess kids are building snow forts, sledding downhill and creating snow jumps so brothers, little and big, can take flying leaps into soft snow piles.

Big sister, Zuzu, from far away has come home and is busy creating balloon concoctions for smaller brothers.

After a very adult dinner we are able to step out side and watch the reflection of fireworks as they explode in the sky and are reflected in the snow.

Let Me Count the Days:  Homeschooling is being Thankful for moments of family unity.

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Thankful for Nursery School

Today our nursery school hosted a Thanksgiving feast and every child was thankful for their friends and families, except for Scooter who proudly stated he was thankful for “rocket ships!”

We loved this easy class turkey made from a paper bag stuffed with leaves.  Every child contributed a “feather” attached to a small dowel.

The class also made this beautiful pumpkin bread, and they made the butter too!

Not withstanding his infatuation with rocket ships, Scooter was very happy to have Bounce join him for his feast.

My favorite fantasy moment was watching the children interacting with a painted background.  They happily ran to visit with butterflies, smell the flowers and attempt to draw water from the painted well.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Let Me Count the Days:  Homeschooling is enjoying the scent of painted flowers and the flutter of tempera butterflies.