Is it sacrilege to admit I’m happy the holidays are done with? We don’t even have stressful holidays. They’re rather nice and low key, but the whole tone of the world is so frantic and annoyed this time of year, and you can’t go anywhere at all because of the masses of people out shopping day and night.
And the disparity among the children — my kids have some teenage friends who got new cars and computers, and others who got next to nothing (some family friends weren’t going to be able to have any Christmas at all but that has been remedied). I’m always acutely aware of how tough it is to be a really poor kid the week after Christmas.
Not to mention the friends who are dealing with grief this time of year — death, divorce and so on. The only thing harder than dealing with something devastating is dealing with it while everybody else seems to be blissfully happy.
In any case, we had a nice holiday (or set of them). We celebrated the Winter Solstice and opened our presents together Solstice morning, then Daryl took all of the kids to the matinee while I cooked and visited with a friend who stopped by. We had an evening feast that night. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa, braving quite a lot of snow and terrible roads to get there. We had a lovely feast there too, and the kids got to play in the snow and spend time with family.
And now, I’m preparing for the new year and all sorts of goals and resolutions.
I am not at all the type to make New Years resolutions other than ones like these better homeschool resolutions for 2014 but I am looking at the new year as a time to try to implement some fun schedules and changes.
They go along with the new winter schedule that I posted recently, wanting to have some daily activities (reading aloud educationally and for fun, math each day and so on) and some weekly ones (messy art on Wednesday, field trips and literature on Friday, and such).
I am still trying to figure out how to balance it all better… homeschooling such different ages, spending quality time with five kids, keeping up with four columns and two blogs, cooking, chores and so on.
I think it ought to be one of my personal goals for 2014 to be completely caught up on laundry even one day.
In any case, I’m working on it and will report back on anything that works well.
In the meantime, here’s a few odds and ends that might be of interest…
How to make snow lollies (boiled maple syrup, snow & a stick)
Cold weather exercise ideas… Homeschool 101: What can we do for PE when it’s cold outside?
Vaporize hot water in the air, blow frozen bubbles, testing the freezing points of various liquids and more… Cold weather science!
An interesting (Waldorf-inspired) way of doing subtraction (I couldn’t find a link, just the graphic on someone’s Pinterest page from their iCloud, but it is pretty self explanatory)