poppi joe (my dad) and tanny (my mom) got here safely yesterday. their plane was delayed about 3 hours due to the storm brewing up north. but none the less, they are here and we are having a blast. after picking them up from the airport, we headed to the mall. we ate at the cheesecake factory (one of my favorites) and then saw SANTA. we then headed home and unfortunately got stuck in drive time traffic. yuck!
once home, we ate a few snacks - brie on crackers, white cheddar popcorn from henry's (another favorite of mine) and watched ELF. we LOVE this movie! we've watched it over and over this season and now the whole family is reciting ELF quotes. too funny!
this morning i gave poppi joe and roan a writing assignment. i handed each a piece of paper with the word CHRISTMAS written at the top. i asked them to quickly write down 25 words that reminded them of CHRISTMAS. after they compiled their lists, i asked them to write a short story using all 25 words. i reminded them that this is just an exercise and a fun little assignment. here's what they wrote (the words they wrote are in italics):
the very first christmas by poppi joe
on the very first christmas, there were no decorations around the manger. no such things like ornaments meant anything - not at that time. although it was a time for shepherds and their family to think about what kind of presents would be proper gifts for a king. you see, someone special just had a birthday.
it's easy today to jump on an airplane and fly high over the snow to bring candy, ribbons and bows to the ones you love. remember how good fruitcake and fudge taste? or a big family meal with turkey and ham. sure, santa claus is all about toys and trains. songs about rudolph and his famous sleigh are fun to sing around the tree. but what is the most important thing about christmas? oh, it does have a great deal to do about a birthday. it was that most important birthday from years ago when the guest of honor was jesus.
christmas all together by roan (7 years old)
one day santa claus decided to go to a city called bethlehem because the children wanted presents there. so he called his best reindeer - rudolph. santa claus' sleigh bells rung, and then he took off to the city of bethlehem.
he got to bethlehem just in time to see jesus be born, and mary (jesus' mother) made gingerbread cookies to celebrate the great december holiday. the drummer boy was there. so were santa's elves. ornaments for the christmas tree of love; polar bears; the nutcracker, and the snowmen were also there. the whole family was together.
candy canes hung around the tree, mistletoe that was the color of red hung too. red the color that means caring about people. the north star shined around the people hugging below. before anyone knew it, it was snowing with snowflakes. everyone was joyful that christmas eve.