Today we had an early Christmas gathering of some local homeschooling friends. We have often gathered together for fun and play, as with our 4 families, there is a friend for everyone.
We invited them all to our house this year, as I was not expecting to have a vehicle to drive anywhere... what a blessing it was to have the house full of kids!
Shortly after they arrived, I read 2 books to them ~ "The Christmas Baby" by Marion Bane Bauer and Richard Cowdrey ~ such wonderful happy pictures and such delight over ALL babies born at this time of year. I thought this book appropriate because the one family just had another grandson the other day and another grandbaby due in a few weeks. A Big Thumbs Up!
"A porcupine in a Pine Tree" the Canadian 12 days of Christmas by Helaine Becker and Werner Zimmermann. Things like 8 Mounties Munching, Five Stanley Cups, Two Caribou... a delightful twist and such fun pictures! A definite THUMBS UP to this book!
One friend had spent the night, so yes, I put her to work as well... she got the privilege of washing eggs, drying some dishes and making goodies!
They were having great fun laughing at their Rice K's snowmen.
|Scary snowmen? Creepy snowmen? Funny snowmen?|
|The feast finally all laid out on the table|
|"Prickles" and dried apricots drizzled with dark and white chocolate.|
|Chocolate balls rolled in yummy sugar junk type things|
|Cheese cut into festive shapes|
|SNOW MEN! Or owls...|
|Cheesy biscuits cut out like trees and stars|
|A festive puppy|
|A little fake tree and some gifts for friends|
|Mrs. S modeling her matching "Cariboo Fashion" of slippers, work socks and long johns!|
|Miss J with 1 of her gifts ~ her own little mug for "tea"|
|POP!! Experiments and Rice K's squares !|
|A pretty doll for a pretty girl|
|Beautiful hand fashioned necklaces by Miss F for|
all the girls ~ so funny how they all matched their outfits!
|Boys were happy with their Rice K's Squares|
|... and with their dog biscuits too!|
|Art work on some of the wrappings.|
Everything was done with thought to others.
|Giving a little help|
|Happy to give and receive gifts from friends.|
|A new hat and necklace for Miss K|
|3 Happy Mom's with crocheted dish rags from Miss R|
|Visiting and sharing treasures|
|Matching bonnets made little Miss M very happy!|
One little girl thought we put dirt in "Miss Ruth's special recipe Hot Chocolate"... usually when girls say "special recipe" it's a mud pie I guess!
Then they went outside and found a hill to slide down in the far pasture... they entertained the horses and my girls are ready for bed!
Thanks to our friends for coming and making our day special and kicking off our Christmas season remembering the spirit of giving and sharing and remembering the little Babe in a manger!