Disclaimer: I am against decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. All holidays deserve their fair share of attention and celebrating. But...
The Paramount Arts Center hosts a Festival of Trees and Trains each year. Schools are invited to decorate Christmas trees, which are then auctioned off. My class opts to buy their tree back. The theme this year is Holly Jolly Christmas or a Christmas carol of your choice. I chose the tear-jerker Pretty Paper. Each of my students made a heart-shaped ornament and several brought small boxes to wrap. I found denim blue ornaments and candy canes. Colton and I delivered it Sunday afternoon. We will visit several times over the festival- even a field trip next Tuesday!
November 2013 Gratitude
Day 19: I'm thankful for my teacher friends at school. We have a lot of fun together.
Day 16: Thankful for a new stack of library books for the week, groceries put away, ready to snuggle down for the evening.
Day 17: Thankful for my parents (again). We vacationed every year when I was little, mostly Florida to stay with my grandparents, but also New York, Canada and out west. I've learned not many families get out and go places.
I'm trying to keep up the tradition with Colton. Our road trips have included Chicago and Mall of America, up north- Hershey and Vermont, then Vegas, driving back Route 66. By the time he was 11, he'd visited 22 states. Love all the memories we've made.