It is that time of year when most people are bustling around getting ready for the Christmas festivities. Homes are being decorated, and gifts are being bought online and offline. It is a time when many people are stressed with all the planning and gift buying that they feel they have to do.
Currently I am not feeling stress brought on by Holiday preparations. My gifts are bought (albeit still unwrapped) and my freezer stocked. This weekend I shall put up our tree with my children’s help, and I will begin to clean our space for the Christmas period. The most important thing during Christmas is the time that we spend days together as a family – and that doesn’t take much sorting. My children will be happy to open a few gifts, and my husband will be satisfied to eat his favourite pastries and food. This year my eldest daughter wants to go and out and do some family activities. Which ones will be decided on when our son arrives next week.
This week I am grateful that I am not feeling any of the stress brought on by the Holidays. Instead I am looking forward to the family time that I will have with all the children present. This has always been my favourite time of year – and this year is no different.
What have you been grateful for this week? Share your comments or the link to your post below.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the week felt long. There were days when I felt that Friday 3:30 pm was upon us – and it was only Tuesday. I think the children in my class felt the same way. Not only was I thinking about Christmas and my family time, but I was also thinking about the two week break from school. I got home yesterday feeling exhausted and just lay on my bed for an hour watching TV until supper was ready. (Oh, yes, my husband is already on leave and he cooked dinner 🙂 )
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we had snow, then rain, and snow again. Yesterday’s snowfall led to the school board cancelling the school buses. It also led to our admin cancelling our movie trip. We were all so disappointed – teachers and children alike. The day ended up being calm and laid back, but not at all what we planned. The bonus for the children was that they could play outside in the snow – and in my class they had the opportunity to build with blocks. My students ended up having a good day and left for home smiling.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week one of my students gave me a penguin cookie that he had baked at home. It was delicious with my tea – especially as it had been given to me with love. Our school mascot is a penguin and we are all crazy about penguins.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that once again I am overwhelmed by the parents’ generosity with the gifts given to me. I have received gaily boxed presents – which I have placed under my tree – and a number of cards. The parents’ gifts and thanks actually encourage me to give even more energy to their kids.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am not quite ready for Christmas yet. I still have a little grocery shopping to do as well as wrapping the gifts and tidying my home. But whether I am ready or not, I am sure my family and I will have a wonderful time together. I will leave you now to ‘get on with it’ and get ready for Christmas Eve. I hope you are ready and looking forward to some family time.
Last week Friday, my class and I walked around the school to look at the doors that had been decorated for the Holidays. Some doors the children admired greatly, others they claimed were made by cheaters (they did not appreciate lights attached to the door), while some were boring. Have a look and decide for yourself.
We enjoyed our walk and cast our votes. The children, of course, thought their door was still the best 🙂
This year I decided to decorate my classroom door in the spirit of the Holidays. This year I have only one child who does not celebrate Christmas so the children’s vote was overwhelmingly in favour of Santa coming down the chimney. I thought to add Christmas stockings on the mantle and some garlands. My SNA (Special Needs Assistant) added a few Christmas presents and a tree.
We love our door and have had many compliments from children who pass by. I encouraged other teachers to join in and now our hallways look very festive.
Fireworks have been lit and champagne has been poured. A new year has begun full of promise and hope. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, my readers, a year of fulfilled hopes and dreams. I wish you many blog posts and comments, and many hours of enjoyment writing or taking beautiful pictures for people all over the world to admire. I wish you too as much happiness as you can hope for, and a healthy body with which to enjoy it. May the year 2014 be even better than the year we laid to rest yesterday.
I have celebrated too many New Year’s days to even think of making resolutions. Resolutions tend to be forgotten in the hurly-burly of everyday; they are pushed to the back of one’s mind come February. Instead I like to think of continuing to reach my goals and the work I am doing everyday to achieve them. I do tend to think back on the past year and celebrate the milestones that I have achieved. This reflection helps me know that I have achieved something with my life in the past year.