This will be our first Christmas in our new home, and overall, the Christmas Season has been good this year. There have been some hard times, feelings of “bah humbug” and “all the magic of Christmas is gone!” but there have been some blessings tucked here and there.
[And I was going to post a pic of the new house with its new paint-job here, but apparently I haven't uploaded it from Mr. Phonie yet....☹]
We hosted a dinner party in the middle of the month with our Monday night Bible study group and had a blast. Everyone brought something to share, and everything was delicious!
The Bells of Grants Pass performed three times this month, the last “gig” earning us a new member—a young fellow who played handbells in college and learned some advanced techniques. Hallelujah!
It’s become a tradition in our family to see the live annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, and this year was no exception. They mayn’t have the best technique or choreography, but it’s still a good show, and it’s always fun to see what new things they add each year.
Speaking of which, our Nutcracker collection has mushroomed in the last few months. This has seriously been the Year of the Nutcracker for us, LOL. I’ve actually toyed (oops, my Cat Noir is showing 😊) with doing a Nutcracker Advent blog series like Kendra did a few years back....
This year, we joined up with a fellow member of the Bells of Grants Pass and her friend to form a recorder quintet. Despite some setbacks and scheduling what-nots, we were able to play some Christmas carols for a open house at one of the historic houses in town.
|Clockwise from left: Sylvia & yours truly on Soprano,|
Mom on Bass, Peter on Tenor, Ellen on Alto
I must say, I didn’t realize how much I missed playing my recorder until we started this group. Hopefully we can keep it up and do some of the Baroque and Renaissance music we looked at intitally. ’Cos that’s my music Happy Place. 😊
Anyroad, here’s wishing all my Gentle Readers—and anyone who happens to stumble onto my wee corner of the Blogosphere—a very Merry Christmas, a Blessed New Year, and much, much Joy!