The Christmas cards have been written, most of the presents are now wrapped and we’ve been enjoying the first panto trip of the festive season, lunch with Father Christmas, a trip to the Christmas tree festival, the first couple of carol concerts and the Reception nativity play. We’ve not yet got our Christmas tree or the decorations up (we usually put them up in mid-December) but we’re definitely feeling festive.
Thomas made an adorable angel in his nativity play. It brought back memories of Jessica and Sophie playing angels in their nativity plays too. He’ll be reprising the role on Sunday when we have a scratch nativity at church. I’m the narrator and Sophie is seizing the opportunity to play Mary. I’m sure she won’t be the only one but there’s room for more than one Mary in the script and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
I’ve got my annual pre-Christmas meltdown out of the way now too. There’s always a point each year when carrying the vast majority of the mental load of Christmas on my shoulders becomes a bit too much but once I’ve had my annual rant at hubby, it all settles down again and generally feels a lot easier after that.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 336 – I am grateful for going to the Christmas tree festival with Thomas’s school.
- Day 337 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon at the panto. Sophie loved getting to catch up with one of her von Trapp siblings there too.
- Day 338 – I am grateful for a lovely lunch with Santa at Denham Country Park.
- Day 339 – I am grateful for getting to watch Sophie performing in her drama group show.
- Day 340 – I am grateful that Sophie writes all her own Christmas cards especially given the length of her list! Looking forward to when Thomas does the same!
- Day 341 – I am grateful for seeing Thomas performing in his school nativity play.
- Day 342 – I am grateful for a lovely evening having a meal out with friends.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Getting my hair cut.
- Finishing Thomas’s scarf and seeing him and Sophie wearing their matching hats and scarves for the first time.
- Seeing our oldest church member (who’s over 90) getting up and dancing in the aisle to a lively version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” at the end of last week’s service. Such a joyous moment.
- Singing carols in the shopping centre with a mixed group from my church and am-dram society.
- Watching Sophie performing with her school choir in their carol concert.