One of our annual holiday happenings is being a part of the Christmas pageant. It's been such a meaningful tradition for the kids to be a part of. And just this year the boys have really gotten into the whole thing. Amelia has played the part of narrator for the past three seasons and I've been so proud. I would feel so nervous standing up in front of the whole congregation and setting the pace for the service. But Amelia is as calm as a cucumber and loves the whole experience. I told her it's a gift to be comfortable talking in front of a crowd.
Solomon played the parts of Zacharias, a king and a shepherd. He enjoyed playing the part of Zacharias the most because he was able to hone in on his acting skills; pretending to lose his voice, writing on his tablet and finally getting his voice back with a big laugh.
Eli played a "friendly beast". It's something between a cow and a sheep but he prefered to think of himself as a dragon because that's all he thinks about these days. It was a really fun Christmas Eve.
This season is all about traditions for us because I know that's what they'll remember. Traditions are what creates peace during this hectic season, I believe. Why does it have to be so hectic?! I've been tweaking what works, changing things around or not doing something just this year in order to preserve my sanity. This year we decided to buy a tree instead of going to cut one down but we also made some incredible cheese enchiladas on Christmas Eve that I would like to do again next year. Everything we sent out to grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends was handmade by us. Generally, I was able to keep things more simple this year.
I hope you've been having a wonderful holiday season full of simple things you enjoy!