Countdown to Christmas

December has flown by, and here we are in the days just before Christmas. We’ve had a busy month. To name a few activities: Claire danced in her dance school recital (a beautiful rendition of Frosty the Snowman), the kids visited Santa, we attended a little Christmas crafts party at Ren’s school, Claire and I attended The Nutcracker, our very first ballet, and with Rod and Marianne, we all went to see a theatre performance of the Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday. Tomorrow is Claire’s Christmas concert at school and then we will be done our official Christmas events (not including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations).

Oh, and did I mention the kids wrote and mailed their letters to Santa?

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This year, Claire asked for a “three-layer Barbie house” (that is, a three-storey house). Ren asked for Scooby Doo stuff: figurines, books, etc. I have it on good authority that their wishes will be granted.

Photos of a couple of our adventures are posted below.

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Fort Edmonton Park, one of my favourite places in the world, has a new theatre (based on an old one that once existed here in town) and I jumped at the chance to attend the Velveteen Rabbit there, in the theatre’s first operating season. I love the Velveteen Rabbit story. It was a wonderful performance: great for children and adults alike. It was also a pleasure just to be in the park in the winter, when it is normally closed for the season.

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Velveteen rabbit dipytch

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After the show as I was bundling Ren back into the van, I asked him what his favourite part of the show was. He thought hard for a moment and then said that his favourite part “was when the wabbit turned into a real bumny” (yes, “bumny” – not a spelling error).

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As of today, all our presents for family and friends have been sent. All of our presents are bought. Now I just need to wrap those gifts, clean the house, prepare the meals and enjoy the lead-up to the special day.

Meanwhile, the children wait …
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  • My cousin was part of putting on the Velveteen Rabbit… I can't remember what her position is there!

    Have a great Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • I love that last photo of the kids beside the tree. Beautiful!

    It sounds like you've had a wonderful lead-up to Christmas. I still remember going to the Nutcracker as a young girl with my mom and sister. Happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • I love how poignant the first and last shots are in this post. So beautiful!

    Hope you enjoyed the two performances. I have read Lilah The Velveteen Rabbit. A friend bought it for her when we adopted her, and she said it was her favourite story growing up. I'd never heard of it before. I love when people choose gifts that are near and dear to their hearts.

    I also love our Christmas Nutcracker tradition. It's so nice to have traditions and dress-up girl time together! You girls looks beautiful!


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