Grateful for School Tree

This year our principal has once again ordered a freshly cut tree to put in the school office. As the scent of pine perfumes the space, children come in to hang the penguin ornaments they have made (the penguin is our school mascot). Our school community loves our ‘sapingouin’ (sapin + pingouin) and the office is filled with visitors admiring the tree.

The 'sapingouin'
The ‘sapingouin’ © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

This week I am grateful for the Christmas tree that abides in the school office. The sight of it lifts my spirits, and the smell is refreshingly pleasant.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Processed with RookieLast week:

Laura was grateful for mother/daughter time

Lavender Ladi was grateful for weight loss

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post so that I know you have participated)

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Merry Christmas

Since I have been on my break, I have enjoyed the sight of our Christmas tree that graces a table in our living room.

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Our Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

We have been having unseasonably warm weather and I am currently enjoying the sun streaming through our windows and the breeze coming through our open door. The sunlight glistens on the angel my daughters put on the top of the tree.

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Our Christmas tree topper. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

A couple of days ago, I set out all the Christmas cards I received on our room divider. I enjoyed reading again some of the messages that the children had written for me.

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Children’s wishes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

To these wishes, the love and wishes of my family will be added. In the meantime, I sing along to some Christmas Carols.

I am ready for Christmas to begin and look forward to the time I will spend with my family.

I would like to wish alll my bloggers friends who celebrate Christmas, a joyous day filled with love and memory-making moments. 

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(The Christmas tree topper in nthis post is linked to Hugh’s Christmas tree topper Challenge)

 

A Penguin Tree

This year at the school where I work, the administration put up a Christmas tree. The tree was decorated by the children attending the school with ornaments of the school mascot: the penguin.

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A Penguin Tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The decorations brought in were home-made, factory-made, and kitchen-made (a few decorated cookies were brought in). Over time the tree filled up and was admired by all who passed the office.

Yesterday was the last day of school before the break and the tree was denuded. The oranments were given back to the children and the office lost its festive air. The children were not worried as they still felt festive – wearing pyjamas to school does encourage excitement. 🙂

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Pyjama day with my class. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

In the morning we attended the school Sing-Along and sang holiday songs in French. The day was relaxed as the class wrote their weekly spelling test and then spent time catching up their work. At the end of the day, they were eager to go home and prepare for the festivities during the holidays.

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A School Day in Pyjamas. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The next two weeks will be spent relaxing at home (often in pyjamas!) with our families.

What are your plans for the next 2 weeks?

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(This post is linked to Silver Threading where Colleen is linking up withChristmas trees around the world).

A White Christmas Tree

When I went to the teachers’ workshop on Tuesday, I saw a beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer. The white and silver decorations reminded me of my godfather who decorated his home like this for many years. I admired the tree and could not resist taking a picture of it.

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White and Silver Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

We are having unseasonably warm weather at the moment and the Christmas spirit does not seem to be flourishing. At least beautifully decorated trees such as this one reminds us that Christmas is around the corner.

Do you enjoy seeing Christmas trees decorated in white and silver?

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(This post is linked to Silver Threading where Colleen is linking up with Christmas trees around the world). 

A Menorah and a Christmas Tree

On Friday when I entered the lobby of a building, I saw a sight I had not seen before: a menorah. This was the first time I had seen the symbol for the Festival of Lights in public even though there are many Jews in the city who celebrate Hannukkah.

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A Menorah. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I like that in this space, the symbols for both the Jewish and the Christian December traditions are on display. I admired the Christmas tree as I walked past it, aware of the shining lights from the menorah:

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A Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Seeing the menorah made me wonder why we do not see more on display during this time of year.

Have you seen a menorah on display in a public space?

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Crocheted Stars

This year I decided to make a Christmas tree ornament for each child in my class. I decided on a star as it could be enjoyed by those children who are not Christian. In order to make these gifts, I dug into my drawer for the bits of leftover wool from previous projects. In my search on the internet, I found something that I liked. But, alas, there was no pattern. I thank my mom for figuring it out from the picture I had found.

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A star ornament. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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Crocheted stars. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The pattern has three rows.  To begin, chain 5. Join the chains to close into a circle.

Row 1:  ch 3, 2 dc (this is the first group), ch 2, 3 dc (this is the second group). You are to make 5 groups all together.

Row 2: Slip stitch through 3 chains to get to first space. ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space. Into the next space do *3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc*. Continue with * until row is complete.

Row 3: ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in first space. st into next space. **3 dc, ch3, 3dc, st** into next space. Continue **until row is complete.

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Getting ready to stiffen stars. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once all the stars had been made, I decided to stiffen them and decorate them with glitter. Before stiffening, I tied a bow on each star and tied on some wool from which to hang the ornaments. To stiffen my work, I used the white craft glue that becomes transparent when it dries. I placed some glue in a yogurt cup and mixed it with water and brushed the glue onto each star with a firm paintbrush. Before the glue had a chance to dry, I sprinkled some glitter onto each piece. I chose to work with silver but there are other colours one could choose: gold, blue, green and even red.

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Ready to dry. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I left the ornaments to dry overnight. The next day, they were ready to be handed out. As I had a range of colours, I let the children choose which one they would like. I did not forget my own children, of course. Before taking the bulk of the stars to school to distribute, I gave them the opportunity to choose the ones they liked:

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Crocheted Christmas tree ornaments. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These now grace our tree. I am thinking that next year I will try out another pattern to help decorate the tree.

Do you make ornaments for your Christmas tree?

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Christmas Trees

I love the sense of celebration and festivity that a Christmas tree brings to the season. There are a few Christmas trees I see on a regular basis and their beauty always brings joy to my heart. The first is the tree I see in the lobby as I enter the apartment building where I live:

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A lobby Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

This year I am working at a school that puts up a Christmas tree – even though many of the students are non-Christian. The children enjoy looking at the tree every time we pass it on the way to assembly, gym, music or the library. I appreciate seeing it as I come into work as it helps to remind me that, even though we are busy, we can take time to reflect on what the season is about.

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A school Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

When I walk down one of the streets within my neighbourhood, I pass an outdoor Christmas tree. The tree lights up the street and brings a sense of colour to a cold, winter’s night.

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An outdoor Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The best tree I see each day is the one we have at home. It is small and yet has been lovingly decorated each year by my children. The tree definitely brings  the season’s atmosphere into our home.

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A homely Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoy looking at Christmas trees and the ways in which they have been decorated.

Do you enjoy looking at Christmas trees? Share the ones you have captured and posted on your blog in the comments below. 

(This post was inspired by the stunning graphics over at Jake’s blog)

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