“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorites things”
Somehow I know I’m going to see a television replay of the Sound of Music this Christmas season. It shares the value of home and family. That we can face every metaphorical mountain. That it’s not naïve to have an irrepressible zest for life. This flick reminds me of what is good and joyful in the world.
So I’ll turn on Julie Andrews and remind myself what I love most.
A– Art. Impressionist and romantic, still life and landscape, oil and pastel.
B — Biscotti and books.
C — Coffee shops, and the interesting people that inhabit them, and also, Chocolate.
D — Dippers. Big dippers, little dippers, and chocolate spoon dippers.
E — Elf on the Shelf…watching the wonder of my child’s eyes light up as this little fellow from the North Pole wanders around the house doing his mischievous thing.
F –Family, of course. There’s no way to enjoy all the little things quite so easily when you have eyes of little ones to see this entire season through.
G — Globes, snow globes, the golden globes.
H — Home, and actually staying here.
I — Interests, passing or permanent, random or structured, we can pursue them all as homeschoolers.
J — John Holt and John Taylor Gatto, two fellows that focus me on my homeschooling freedom.
K — Kandy, oops, Christmas candy: toblerone and toffifee, Sweet Georgia browns and salted chocolate caramels.
L– Leisure. If there’s anything about the Christmas holidays I enjoy most, it is leisure.
M — Museums. Yup, I’m one of those people.
N — Nori, okay not for me, but my two youngest love it. Seaweed? Really? Yup. In the Christmas stocking.
O — Obvious Christmas gift ideas. Not scanning internet sites for endless hours.
P — Pinterest, for creative inspiration and Podcasts, for encouraging reminders.
Q — Let’s move on to R…
R — Recipes, and teaching kids recipes.
S — Snow. Somewhere between October and December, the kid’s enthusiasm for being outside declines…’nothing to do’ is the old refrain. Me, I still find a way to garden. But when the snow hits…sledding and cross country skiing…fun!
T — Teas for afternoon studies, and Christmas teas with friends.
V — Vegetarian offerings: a healthy fast food restaurant in my town, yum yum. And vegan brownies, they are the only vegan go-to food that I would happily go-to.
X — Xrays? Nope don’t want Christmas xrays…next…
Y — Yesterday’s dinner: gotta love leftovers when we cook as often as our family.
Z — Zwieback from my Grandma’s kitchen and the nostalgia of childhood Christmases, and of course, irrepressible Zeal for the future.
No matter the mountains we have had to climb this past year, or ones we might need to climb next year, we can zealously acknowledge the things that bring us joy.
“Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, until you find your dream“
PS This might be a fun writing project for you and your kids during this happy season.