I wasted some time making excuses and then wasted some more time disparaging myself (and some time going back and forth between the two), but of course neither of those strategies do anyone any good at all. So now I'm developing a plan for Advent...one that will work with an extended trip to my parents in another state (and those two birthdays).
Here are my thoughts:
- A Jesse tree. I thought about this last year, but in the throes of vicious
morningall-the-time sickness, I didn't think about it for very long. This year I'm considering something small that will travel easily: a tree I'll draw on some card stock and then draw in ornaments as we do the readings each day. I can use the description and drawings in Advent, Christmas Epiphany in the Domestic Church.
- An Advent wreath. We bought one last year that we never used because First Son continued to be adamantly opposed to lit candles. I'm thinking we might give it a try this year.
- The feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th. We missed it last year, but we're definitely going to read about this saint and put out our shoes for a little treat. I'll be using the book above for some background, but you can also find lots of ideas here, if you're so inclined.
- Every year we've made ornaments with the kids. I have an idea for this year (don't want to give it away) and already have all the supplies. I just need to get it started and then have the kids finish them up.
- Gingerbread house. I just love the idea of tackling something complicated in my kitchen that could potentially be so much fun! I had considered and then decided against it earlier because of the trip to my parent's house. (How would we take it? What would it be like when we returned?) Now, I'm thinking of asking my mom if we can try it there. I figure we could let the kids decorate the front of a house if we can't get it to stay together and they'll be just as thrilled. (Mom, if you're reading this, what do you think?)
As for education, I stand by my decision to avoid formal handwriting and math right now. First Son just isn't interested and I don't want to push him, and this year is still a preschool year. I am considering a more formal read-aloud time. We read all sorts of books all day long, but I did mean to start a chapter book as a family read-aloud and we might do that in January.
Lest you think I've been only berating myself for days, I did take some time to tackle small projects that have been literally lying around the house. There's more to do, of course, but it's good to get some of them out from underfoot.