Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Thankful Weekend...and some links

While our American friends were with family, eating turkey and pumpkin pie, our day went on as usual.  We tried not to think about it too much, but it's always a little hard.
We did celebrate a little on Friday night with American friends.  We had a very festive meal, complete with turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes.  Then we watched CNN Heros--Where Are They Now? and then our very favorite version of Scrooge.  And the B's danced out to the car to "Thank you very much!" around midnight.

Saturday afternoon was bowling with some 30 church friends and a very cozy supper afterwards at France's house.  I was touched when I realized that just around the little table where Mark and I sat, there were 6 nations represented.  
Sunday afternoon we put up our tree and listened to Christmas music and ate our traditional Mexican fare for that occasion.  
Unfortunately, I did some wonky thing to my neck in the night Friday and spent the next couple days with ice and heat and advil and SLEEP.  I didn't miss any of the fun, but I sure wasn't any fun.

++I made a Christmas playlist.  You can have a listen over there on the right side-bar or you can go here and check it out.

++I love to have a Christmas book that I read to the family during the Advent season.  Last year, we went through A Bethlehem Christmas by Charles Swindoll.  It was really wonderful, btw.  This year, I ordered Watch For the Light but I'm not sure we will continue reading it as a family (maybe just Mark and I will read it together) as it is a little deep.  The Rainy Rook poem by Syliva Plath left us scratching our heads.  Yesterday I found this free e-book that I think might be just the perfect replacement.  You can get it here