Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas

1. When do you put up the tree? the wkend before or of Thanksgiving
2. When do you take the tree down? after the Feast of the Epiphany (celebrating when the Wisemen arrived -- the REAL 12 days of Christmas), Jan 7.
3. Favorite gift received as a child? My Uncle Mike's surprise visit, he lived in Germany
4. Favorite Christmas Album? Jon Schmidts' Christmas -serene piano solos
5. Nativity scene? oh yes, they are my favorite part of our decorations. Some I leave up all year long. I love the variety of versions and am always looking for different styles.
6. Favorite Christmas Movie? as a diehard romantic: Bells of St Mary, White Christmas, the original Bishop's Wife, A Christmas Carol (original with Alistair Sim), and a corny Little House Episode that I cry each time the girls get their own cups...
7. When do you start shopping for Christmas? all year, but I can seldom wait so I give the gift in Feb or April and then have to start over or the brothers' version of this story: I hide the gifts and cannot remember where I have put them so they 'have Christmas' in Feb, April, etc *whenever I find them*
8. Favorite Christmas song? Baby, What You Goin’ To Be, by Natalie Sleeth. Nadia, will you sing it with me?

Baby, lying in a manger, slumbering so sweetly,
Whatcha gonna be?
Baby all the world is watchin',
all the world awaits to see,
what will you be?
Baby sleeping in a stable, underneath the heavens,
whatcha gonna say?
Baby, did you bring the Good News?
Did you come to light our way?
Oh, look, see the cattle asleep, see the shepherds beside,
See the Wise Men, they bow unto you.
Are you the one who was meant to be Master?
To bring in the Kingdom too?
Alleluia Baby, Hope of all the people,
what you come here to do?
What you come to say?
Baby, can you be the Savior?
Come to save the world one day?
Baby can you be the Savior?
Come to save the world one day?
Baby lying in a manger,will you save the world one day?

9. What I want for Christmas this year? the same thing I have prayed for for years: that my children, friends, family, students, and myself would use self discipline to choose well and lead others to do likewise.
10. Merry Christmas to all. Over the miles and the years, you have made my seasons bright.
Thank you and God Bless You.

4 comments:

Tina said...

I love this post! I really love all those old movies too. They really embrace the spirit of Christmas. I also love that I am not the only one that leaves Nativity sets up year round. I really want this year for my kiddos to remember the true meaning of Christmas so we are doing secret gifts of service for each other and hopefully that will be a good experience.

I am Just One Mom said...

Secret service is a gift for both the giver and the receiver. You are a wise and wonderful mom!

Nadia said...

Karee, You know I'll sing for you any time. I love that song too.

Cheryl J. said...

I was laughing especially at #7. You are a very generous person who takes very good care of her family! I appreciate your wonderful example!