Friday Focus 09/12/16 – Preparing for the Christmas concert

This week has been all about getting ready for tomorrow’s Christmas concert at church. Over the last few years, my mother-in-law and I have organised one or two concerts a year – usually in aid of one of the heart charities that have helped our family, or for the charities that the church is supporting at that time. It’s a lot of work but I love doing it – I used to do a lot of am-dram before I had the girls but hubby’s working pattern makes it almost impossible for me to be able to commit to rehearsals for a show these days.  Organising a concert with my mother-in-law means I can still have that chance to perform every now and then as we have the rehearsal at my house in the evenings once the girls are asleep.  It also means that I get the chance to sing a duet with my hubby which I always love doing!

Concert - this week's word of the week

We had a rehearsal in the church during the week (and my lovely sister came to stay and babysat so that hubby and I could go to the rehearsal) and I’ve been busy putting together the programme, preparing some of the props and making sure that everyone knows their dance moves for the two numbers that required some choreography.  My mum is coming to stay for the weekend and will look after the girls as I’ll be tied up most of the day tomorrow with setting up, doing the dress rehearsal and then taking part in the concert. Last year I lost my voice in the run-up to the concert – I’m hoping that that won’t happen again this year!


Things I have loved this week:

  • Doing my first flower arrangement at church with the help of a friend.

My first flower arrangement at church - red and white chrysanthamums in memory of my dad

  • A spur-of-the-moment afternoon enjoying the traditional Christmas event at Chiltern Open Air Museum with Sophie while Jessica had fun with her friends from Girls’ Brigade at their District Advent event.

Sophie helping to stir the Christmas pudding at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

  • Taking this year’s Christmas card photo – look out for it on the blog a little closer to Christmas!

The finished star and Christmas tree on the French doors

  • Having Father Christmas come to the door when the local Rotary Club did their Christmas rounds.
  • The way Sophie runs to greet Jessica when she comes home from school.
  • Seeing Sophie’s excitement at the Christmas displays and lights in the local shopping centre.

Sophie looking at the model of the reindeer and polar bear in the snow at the shopping centre


The Reading Residence


22 thoughts on “Friday Focus 09/12/16 – Preparing for the Christmas concert

  1. I remember you losing your voice, I’m sure it won’t happen again, that would be too cruel! Sounds like you’ve put so much into tomorrow, I do hope it goes well and you thoroughly enjoy it. Those flowers look absolutely beautiful, well done you! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    1. Thanks Jocelyn – fingers crossed that it will stay put at least until after tomorrow! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah, there’s a link to a video in the post if you click on rehearsal (was too shy to embed it!)

    1. Thank you so much Angela. All went well with the concert on the night and I had a lot of fun taking part 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Caroline – was so relieved that I didn’t lose my voice this time around – it was so frustrating last year after all the effort that went into rehearsals! x

  2. Always love reading your posts. So glad you included the video of you singing. You have a lovely singing voice. How can you be anything but in the festive mood with the stained glass Christmas decorations, the shopping displays and stirring the pudding/cake. Hope the concert goes well. #wotw

    1. Thank you so much Cheryl – thought I add the video after Sarah’s comment! All went well with the concert and I had a lot of fun taking part. It is lovely to get in the festive mood – not long to go until Christmas now! 🙂

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