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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Snapshot Summary December 21-27 Christmas Break

 I announced that there would be no school this week, only Christmas activities. Immediately Quentin became upset. "We can't even make a history puppet??" he moaned. So, of course, I relented and let him make a puppet of Sargon the Great. James joined him in making one, which will teach me to never have a holiday from school. I got to work making up a recipe of my own, White Chocolate Craisin Almond Cookies, while Katie helped the boys make St. Nick's Sugar Drops, which is a M & M cookie rolled in colored sugar. Katie and I worked on keeping up with cleaning the kitchen, while Steven took the little boys to the P.O. for a very special mission -mailing the letters to Santa. Back at home, they made a Attack of the mutant Snow Goon snowman. Meanwhile Katie and I prepared for the next activities. When they came in, the boys made White Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths with me, while Katie and Alex made more Santa Cookies back by popular demand. Then Katie finished up her Q-activities with Quentin with "Q is for Quilt" cheese sandwiches for a snack. The rest of the day was filled with lots of wild boy activity, Rudolph and some computer research.
Not a bad way to spend the shortest day of the year
Steven went Christmas shopping all day, but we spent the day much like always -reading. James has joined the readers of the family. Sam is helping him with any difficult words. We played games. Sam crushed peppermints to add to a new batch of hot cocoa mix. Katie set up a "R is for Rice" activity for Quentin and a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer snack. We made gift packaages.
 Steven had to take me to my doctors appointment, which is a half-day endeavor, so Katie watched the boys. They read and searched I spy Christmas and made peppermint brownies.
Christmas Eve
The morning began with the wrapping of presents. Katie had set up a game for the boys to look for the Star on the Christmas tree. James found it. They watched Christmas specials, and enjoyed a Christmas Eve teatime with a very special guest who gave them placemats, which were appreciated. Lots of time to think by the fire. Then, as evening came, we opened our traditional Christmas Eve presents pajamas and handmade cross-stitched ornaments from Grandma to hang on the tree. Then the stocking were placed by the chimney with cookies and eggnog. Cookies were eaten while The Night Before Christmas was read.
There was evidence that Santa had visited us overnight. It was a really beautiful day full of joy and peace.
26 & 27
Saturday & Sunday
Lots of playing with new toys!

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