2. The Christmas program was last Sunday and it went off fabulously. I could not be more pleased with how the whole thing worked out. The music was great; I watched most of the services and did not get tired of the music once. The kid part was hilarious. I'm still a little sad that I didn't let Alaina participate, but it was still fun to watch. And the drama went off without a hitch. Seriously, we hit our sweet spot and pulled off all four performances nearly flawlessly. We rehearsed so much, but I still wasn't sure how it would all go, especially since for the final few rehearsals we made TONS of mistakes due to nerves or whatever. I just prayed the night before that God would be honored, and would honor all the work we had put into it. He truly came through for us on that one.
3. Alaina was able to watch the program, since my parents came to one of the services. She sat with them through the whole thing. Three things stuck out to her: 1.) At one point, the angel puts duct tape on the priest Zachariah's mouth. She of course wanted to know why he would do that. 2.) Another time, I, as the narrator, yell at the angel to "Knock It Off!!" Alaina pointed it out, and then wanted to spend the rest of the day telling various things (her sister, her toys) to knock it off. I finally told her that she could only tell people to knock it off when she's a mother. And 3.) After Mary has told Joseph what is going to happen, she tries to hug him. Joseph has not come to terms with it yet, so doesn't let Mary hug him. Alaina was very touched by that moment, wondering why "he wouldn't hug her." I love that she was paying attention.
4. I finally got around to making some Christmas treats this week. I made these lovely little pretzels that I saw on Pinterest. Super easy.
|Pretzels, Hershey Kisses and M&Ms|
5. Today I am going to make Christmas cookies, and this afternoon I am going to let Alaina "paint" them. I'm so excited about it; she's going to love it.
Is your Christmas shopping done?