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I wasn't expecting Elizabeth to be grading until January, but all of a sudden -BOOM- third stripe and red stripe and Orange-Green belt here we come!



   



1) The cursing of the lights - in which we pull out the brand new lights purchased last year and discover none of them are working. Usually ends with a vow to go to the store and buy more. After some coaxing, Brendan managed to get a workable set. But we need new lights. Again.

 

2) The annual installation of flammable objects - aka the advent wreath.

 

3) The flinging of the tinsel. I think we've properly corrupted Lorianne!

 

I opted to put all of our decorations on the tree this year (even the very old ones) on the theory that Amelia is surely old enough not to knock it down.



   



It took nearly a week past stir up Sunday but I finally got the pudding made. It was a bit of a fiasco steaming it this year - both Janice and I let it boil dry! Actually there were three puddings - two little ones for Janice and a big one for us. Janice started making her puddings in the summer time, dehydrating her own (safe) fruit and substituting out the many parts of the original pudding that she can't have anymore.

 

Everyone duly stirred and we even put charms in the pudding for the first time, fulfilling a lifelong desire of mine that I'm sure originated with Enid Blyton.

 

Then I completely forgot to add the rum. Sigh. It was almost as bad as that time I made orange meringue pie while on the phone with Uncle Chris. Hopefully the pudding tastes better than the pie did.

 

 



   



There wasn't very much snow, but it was perfect packing snow.

 

"Build me a snowman up to the sky, as tall as the moon!" directed Matthew. So I made him as tall as I could reach.

 

The neighbours at Simon, Martin and Oliver's house made a whole pile of large snowballs that they arranged in a circle on their lawn and dubbed "snowhenge". Mila used up all the snow in her backyard to make a giant snowball that I could barely push. Then the kids decided it had to go across the street to become part of snowhenge. It turns out that six determined kids can get a heavy object across the street. We did help them a little, but only because we didn't really want them to get flattened by a car flying down our street and not seeing the kids huffing and puffing in the dark.



   



As per tradition, I brought the kids to a couple of the Come Sing Messiah rehearsals. Elizabeth and Matthew both sang along to more than one song. Elizabeth is actually capable of following the music now, which is pretty exciting.

 

I still didn't tempt fate by keeping them for more than half a rehearsal. Amelia lost patience much earlier than her siblings and ended up climbing up and down and up and down the stairs while we waited for snack time. So she only got to come once...

 

Matthew showed he's been paying attention at music class when he excitedly noticed a symbol he recognized in the script. "FORTE LOUD!!", he hollered enthusiastically - right into a lull in the rehearsal. Fortunately everyone laughed and Alan Thomas commented that he'll be a great soprano soon.



   

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