Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Starting to Look Like Christmas

Our Russian and Mexican Creches

Our St. Nicholas Room

A Rwandan Creche

The Mantle Lit-up

Jed's very own tree

Our 13 foot tall and 7 foot wide tree

Oops, fell down


All of our creches

Our German Creche

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

My new St. Nick with his long list with my name included

Our book shelves lit and with greenery

Waiting for Christmas Eve--workhorse stockings

Decorative Stockings

Friday, December 12, 2014

Josiah's Theology of the Incarnation

Much like his big brother once did, Josiah is enamored with tape and the recycle bin.  Last weekend, he decided to make Jesus on a cross as a Christmas decoration. (I tried to break it to him that we were celebrating the Feast of the Incarnation--not Good Friday, but to no avail.)  He has been begging to put up "decawations" all over the house.  Instead of "decawations" we did bake some tasty gingerbread cookies.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Feast of St. Nicholas

I think this was my fifth time hosting the St. Nicholas Celebration.  This time, I chose to use a Godly play story about St. Nicholas in addition to making Christingles.  We had close to thirty people for the festivities.  Of course, the children enjoyed running around the church and playing on the stage more than anything.  I am always glad to get my children thinking about gift-giving from a different lens, but we must continue to monitor Addie as she pretends to cut her throat and say "St. Nicholas is dead."  This obviously has garnered much attention in the past and so she is testing this statement again. When the children left they found gold coins in their shoes.