And of course, I'm partial to this beautiful decoration at one of the assisted care homes we played at today!
Caleb was pointing at all the figures saying things like "moo" or "mumma".
Selfie with mom, except I'm more interested in this toy I just pulled off the Christmas tree.
The activities director asked us if we had gotten the age of this sweet older lady sitting on the front row. She told us she was "106 years young!!" So, we just had to get our picture with this dear lady who has lived over a century!
Laura and Caleb had fun visiting with these jolly men just their size! Laura even decided to borrow his glasses for a minute.
Christmas at our house involves lots of practicing and many hours of preparations! Here we are polishing our handbells. Each bell gets a dab of polish, a lot of rubbing out the fingerprints and smears, and then a thorough buffing. Then we do repairs as needed, tightening handles, adjusting clappers or replacing parts.
This bell needs a good polishing!
This one is done!
Everyone is in the Christmas music spirit. Laura recently discovered our half-size violin and has been practicing ever since.
Oh yes, little bro has some practice tips for big sis!!
Actually, I suppose I should say the first two programs of the Christmas season, because we shared our music twice the same day, at neighboring assisted care homes. What a blessing to be able to share in music with these older people who so rarely get to see young children and families anymore. That's what Christmas is all about for us, spreading joy and cheer to those who need it most!
Our loaded van complete with 5 bell cases, 3 tables, (not to mention the 3 foams, table skirts and toppers to cover the bell tables) 4 music stands, a cello, 3 violin cases, keyboard and bench. The sound system (speakers, mic cases, mixer, mic stands, etc.) ride up front with the eight of us people. Oh yes, and all the music books! I always marvel at the pile of stuff sitting outside the van at loading time, and wonder how on earth Dad manages to pack everything in just right! But he does, and we've never had to leave anything or anyone behind! :)
The double assisted care homes we shared our music with yesterday.
The little ones patiently waiting while we set up!