Saturday, February 18, 2006

A HomeSchooler's Christmas

It began because of a Hurricane. Immediately after the storm, our family of six was splintered across the United States. Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska and Virginia. As the months of separation rolled on, my heart ached for my family. With months of 15 hour days under his belt, Gil was set to accomplish his final vacation of the calendar year. Who wants to holiday in a disaster zone? So, it was decided. Gil would travel to VA, where the two youngest and I were, and together we would traverse Washington DC. A holiday like no other. Our first stop, the home of family friends from India. This home would be ours for the next 12 days. It was also the site where we met a family of Bhutanese, in the States for a season, and without prior experience of an American Christmas. To get to know one another, we began with name tags, delicately created with scrapbooking tools from my collection:

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Next came the making of Paper Chains to garnish our soon-to-be-beautiful tree!

Paper Chains Posted by Picasa

What tree would be complete without the Popcorn Garland?

Popcorn Garland Posted by Picasa

And of course, no afternoon of Christmas activity is complete without Sugar Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Jingle Bells!

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Soon, we were trapesing Chevy Chase, MD in search of the perfect Christmas tree specimen. A comical event, our new friends enjoyed themselves immensely.

choosing the tree . . . Posted by Picasa

And then, we decorated. We shared the story The Night Before Christmas in drama form. We spoke of the birth of a Saviour. We loved and we were loved. English or no, Christmas is a holiday of good will to all.

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