Sunday, December 19, 2010

New traditions

One thing we've begun just this year is to have a special Sunday dinner in the dining room each week and light an Advent wreath. I felt a little silly at first, wondering if the boys would go for it, but they did in a big way. They like having something special to look forward to, and they like to talk about the different aspects of the Christmas story while we are sitting in the darkened dining room, lit only by candles. Incidentally, they also were more open minded to new foods in this surrounding. We lit the 4th candle last night, as we knew we would be out today. I believe this is something we will continue to do each year.

Last year we attended my Mother in Law's German choral concert, and decided that it was something we need to do every year. The music is mostly in German, which gives the boys a taste of their Austrian roots. And afterwards, we had dinner at Schmidt's, which is amazing.

Getting the opportunity to hear 5 Alpenhorns and a pair of yodelers was really something special, as was the finale---we were all welcomed to join in a rendition of Stille Nacht ("Silent Night") a capella, of course. It was really very moving.

Ah, and who can forget the ages old tradition of texting in church? Actually this was before the concert, but I wanted to mention that I love that I can bring the boys to enjoy something like this. They got a little bored after a full hour, but wow, they were so well behaved!

We'll cap the evening with readings of some favorite Christmas themed books:
The Christmas Story from the book of Luke
A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Moore
Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The Nutcracker (a Little Golden Book)

Some new titles we enjoyed from the library this year were:
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
Dewey's Christmas at the Library by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter, and Steve James
It's Christmas David by David Shannon

I'm really enjoying these activities, and thus far not terribly overwhelmed this holiday season. Let's hope we can keep it up.

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