(Note of explanation) for some reason WordPress published this December 25th post before my December 18th post and I have tried to fix this as well as I could….It is not perfect. Sorry!
I think I am coming down with a cold again and only hope it will not be the kind that lasts forever! But despite this, and with a lot of help from Alice and Andy, we got everything ready for our usual Christmas traditions. We celebrate mainly on Christmas Eve and Alice, Mike, Andy, Nathan, Stephen and I were gathered in the candlelit kitchen singing Advent and Christmas songs from our family songbook. We take turns choosing and going around the circle. With Stephen so young and not able to read yet we have a lot of Frosty the Snowman, Deck the Halls, and Jingle Bells, but not only those.
Then Andy reads the nativity from St. Luke and we sing some more. And the doorbell rings to let us all know that Baby Jesus and the Angels have left. The youngest ones race into the living room and see the tree and the gifts. It is a crazy time of opening gifts and I always think we could do it in a more calm fashion, but it never happens. And it certainly doesn’t matter.
After we go into the family room and have a lovely supper with wonderful cookies and beigli (the traditional Hungarian nut rolls). Both Nathan and Stephen got lego sets from me and also from Baby Jesus. He uses a different paper….And as soon as they finished eating and drinking eggnog they rushed over to the sofa to begin working on lego. Both of them….Everyone was filled with a sense of wonder and joy
I am trying to fix the fact that my Christmas post was published after my Dec. 18th post…..
Even if WordPress did lose the draft of the post I was just working on which had several paragraphs and two photos on it already.
I’ll try try again…..
On my way home from babysitting for Stephen this afternoon I noticed IT WAS SNOWING! Yeah! I hope the children will get lots of snow for winter fun this vacation!
Alice spent most of the afternoon with Nathan’s class, teaching them a crafty way to make a cute owl out of pine cones and felt, among other things. I wish I had a photo to show you the darling demonstration model she made of three of the owls perched on a bit of pruned off birch branch. I hope I have one soon.
But I have another owl for you. Today is Nathan’s real eleventh birthday and he woke up to discover an owl in his doorway with his acceptance to Hogwarts! It’s so wonderful. He was very excited.
This evening is the Hungarian Girl Scouts program and Sofia and Clara are in the performance and needed their hair braided. So dear Aunt Alice came over and did this. (Their Dad does not have confidence in his braiding skills, plus he is baking madly for tomorrow’s last market before Christmas. ) Emily is flying home from being on a grant panel in Washington, D.C. and will miss this. But they look very sweet.
A few days ago Stephen went to the home of some friends to see The Polar Express….All the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes to watch this Christmas movie. Don’t ask me why, please!
It can only get better from here.
Not a single snowflake in sight here – we’ll be having a green-brown Christmas instead of a white one. But I am not complaining, as I can cope with winter much better this way 🙂
The girls look so pretty, shame we can’t really see their braids. The group of friends with Stephen look like a bunch of kids who know how to have fun! I do love that astronaut suit, you know.
How wonderful to wake up on one’s 11th birthday and find a letter from Hogwarts!
No snow here, indeed it is so warm I have a PRIMROSE in flower, outside in the garden! It was 17degC in parts of the UK yesterday. It will be a green Xmas. But still something to look forward to. Your grandchildren all are building enviable memories, hope the Scount evening went well. Do Fia and Clara speak Hungarian, or maybe the Hungarian scouts ‘work’ in English? Also hope Ingmar did well at the market and Nathan’s birthday went very well, which Hogwarts house does he want to join?