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    DecemberTerm 2010

    November 23, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    I‘m going to go ahead and post these, even though there are still a lot of Scripture passages I need to fill in once my Jesse Tree book arrives. (Please arrive, book!) I also have other prep to do, like finding my Rembrandt posters and printing off ornaments for our makeshift Jesse Tree.

    This year, my goal was to simplify and focus. Last year I tried to do a lot of different things–a different poem each week, for instance. This year, we’ll take a few stanzas from one poem and try to memorize them.

    We’re also taking the plunge and attempting to memorize Luke 2. I know we won’t be able to do it all, but word on the street is that you have to start somewhere.

    Something entirely new this year is…Advent organ concerts on Wednesdays. We took a tour of a local Presbyterian church this summer (stained glass–very awesome) and during the tour the woman told me I should bring the children to the weekly Advent concerts. So I’m going to! Just me and four kids. I am hoping we survive. This is why my Wednesday plans are so short.

    In addition, I’m not going to be doing much baking during Advent. We’re saving it all for the week of Christmas, so that we can deliver some platters to our neighbors. I’ve never done this before because, to be honest, with always being pregnant or having a newborn, I was just too tired to think of baking all day for two or three days in a row. This year, though, with O. being much more independent, I find I have the stamina for some of these things.

    I always hoped “stamina” would arrive when I was consistently getting more sleep!

    Now, on with the posting of the rough draft. Hopefully, I’ll have a final copy before we actually begin!

    DecemberTerm* 2010

    *DecemberTerm is what our family calls the three weeks of school that take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas (we take the week of Christmas off).

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  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 24, 2010 at 6:31 am


    I was going to ask you if you wanted to come! Yay! 🙂

    I checked their calendar and it just says “Advent organ concert”–no details. I suppose they may give more information at the first concert.

    I wish I had this rich tradition to offer you, but frankly I was horrible about holidays until we started doing DecemberTerm a couple years ago. It does seem like at that age they like simple things. Learning Christmas songs, reading Christmas story books, etc. go far. I try and serve hot cocoa once per week as a special treat. Making ornaments or popcorn garland or something like that for your tree might be fun. Baking treats and delivering them to someone.

    Organ concerts! 🙂

    I’m just saying.

    I thought about checking and seeing if the Lutheran church was doing anything special. They just bought a fancy new organ from Germany and it is supposed to be AMAZING.

  • Reply Rebecca November 24, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Oh, and! I just finished reading a blog post re: filling up an advent calender with fun Christmas activities. I am trying to come up with little things that are Christmas like that I can do with the kids each day. Any ideas?

  • Reply Rebecca November 24, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Do you know if there is an on-line schedule for the Wed. advent concerts? I am going to try finding it, but have to admit that I am guessing which church it is. I might consider taking L. to one of them, provided I can farm out J. and C. I am not as brave as you!

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