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Kind Old St. Nicholas

Willow and Roan woke extra early yesterday morning, in anticipation of St. Nicholas Day.  Roan made certain to leave out a carrot for his donkey.  Sure enough, the gold coins were there, just like always.  I never had St. Nicholas when I was a child, so this is all fun for me, too.  The children insist that Santa Claus is a game that adults play to make children be good, but St. Nicholas coming down from heaven is absolutely real.  There are several sweet stories in the Winter Wynstones book that tell of that idea, if you are looking for some.

Slippers with Coins

The big surprise of the morning was the Christmas pyramid, the one that Roan had admired for so long.  A word of warning: don't use it when the furnace is blasting--I nearly set it on fire!  Don't tell the children.  One candle just burned down too far and scorched its base.  Otherwise, it was a moment full of wonder when the children discovered it on the darkened dining room table.


And here are our school books for the next few weeks.  In the same pattern as the Enki sages, we are studying the Christmas Saints, as I like to call them.  We'll continue to let the stories sleep and then do pictures and summaries.  St. Nicholas is up first and we are reading the book by Jakob Streit, which has stories from this babyhood to his legacy.  The children are really enjoying these and there are only a few things that I may edit out as we go along.  We'll do Lucia next, using some stories from books and several from Christine Natale.  Roan will be doing fairy tales like The Elves and the Shoemaker, Mother Holle, and the Star Money, along with some of the stories from Winter.

School Plans

Our December movement circle is taken from Enki and Wynstones.  We're doing a combination of some quiet Winter movements, some shepherd action verses and songs, songs about Mother Mary, and a couple about the plants and seeds sleeping under the snow.  I am hoping we'll find some quiet afternoons to do some puppet plays using our Mary marionette and the verses we've been working on.  We'll swap shepherds for kings in early January and then move to Winter after that.  I'm more than ready for a good snow!


( 12 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 7th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet! I'll bet he loved finding the pyramid. :) There are so many nice stories for this month for little ones... I love your selection. - Stacey
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, he did! He says it's his. :-)
Dec. 7th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
Lovely pyramid! I always loved the Christmas carousel we had when I was a kid; it was metal and chimed as it spun.
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Is that the one with the angels? We have on of those, if so. I will have to get it out--so many of the decorations are still put away.
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
It was in Russia, so it's not likely to be the same one. And I forget what was on it!
Dec. 8th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
Did it look like a carousel with horses or like one of the tiered Christmas pyramids?
Dec. 8th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
It was slim, not pyramid-shaped, with candles on the bottom and the fan-looking thing on top. I can't remember if it had trees on the base or angels. The top spinny part had dangles from it that chimed as they struck the base.

Edited at 2016-12-08 05:54 pm (UTC)
Dec. 8th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
I had a carousel with horses in mind. Haha! It sounds very pretty!
Dec. 8th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
It was very similar to the one seen in this Russian music video. The song is called Golden Carousel, which is what the item is called, too.
Dec. 8th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes! Those are the same as our angel chimes. I do love the tinkling.
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Dec. 8th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
We put out a carrot. We do cookies on Christmas Eve, knowing that Mike will eat them. :-)

Roan really loves the Elves and the Shoemaker. I really love Mother Holle. So many good stories in this world.
( 12 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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