Winter was becoming quite busy, so I was looking forward to break. There were parties and get-togethers and the concert, things to make and get prepared for. Monday was the school faculty and staff party. We were encouraged to make our gifts to each other this year. I LOVE Pinterest and that helped me with great ideas for some of the things I needed to make.
Stars 'N' Sparkles, Blooms 'N' Bling. Spray painted it all black, hot glued the can to the cardboard. Found sparkly red tape to put around the base of the hat. Flicked a little white paint on the hat. Got some holiday greenery and hot glued that to the cardboard as well. It was pretty easy to do, and I was happy with how it turned out. Not nearly as nice as the original from Stephanie, but I will probably be doing this again. It was my grab bag gift for our faculty and staff Christmas party at school.
Then Friday brought tremendous sadness after hearing about the awful tragedy in Newtown. As I heard my heart sank and was so broken. We were only hearing bits and pieces as we were still in school. When I got home I bawled as I watched the sadness on the news. Still heartbroken! There is just so much sadness! We had a great Christmas Around the World party in 3rd grade! Yummy foods and drinks from some of the cultures represented in our classroom. We had sauerkraut, Swedish meatballs, ravioli, flan, yule log cake, and Jamaican cola and grapefruit drinks. We made gifts for the parents again from ideas on Pinterest.
We made these Five Finger Snowman ornaments from Stephanie from Full of Great Ideas.
And then I tried the DIY wooden picture from Crystal Hethcote on Youtube. I love how these came out, a little dark and hard to see the kids faces from the pictures I took. But they are really cute, love them!!
Christmas day came and of course I was missing my parents, but had presents under the tree to enjoy from my sweet friend. Then I had the pleasure of watching Bella tear open her presents.
One of the little 6 year old victims Ana Marquez-Greene's parents write messages on Facebook, and their phrase is Love wins! People have been choosing to do random acts of kindness in honor of the victims, all over the country. I also saw that strength in my friend's parents and husband during her wake and funeral! And again it has been evident in the Facebook posts from my friend, the daughter of the Bible teacher who died. Only God can give that! So through all of the sadness I think maybe we have truly been given a reminder as to what Christmas is really about.
Lord, may we never forget the Love that you sent to us so that we could accept that Love and share it with others. Help us to choose love and let love win! Help us not to only think of this in the face of tragedy, but to remember it and live it all year.