We have begun our season of giving this week. The children each put a little something into each of three baskets to take to my neighbors as a holiday gift, and also to thank them for their patience with not-so-occasional loud "VROOOOOMING" coming from our "vehicles". While we were out, a visitor left a sack of parcels on the doorstep! We opened it and found little packages for each child with a clementine, cookies, a bell and a note. Turns out St. Nicholas had his eye on us! The children enjoyed the sweet little snack and hearing what St. Nick had to say about each one of them in the note.
With our short week last week, we did a little Thanksgiving baking of pumpkin pies. Going along with this season of sharing and giving, I am telling the story of Stone Soup, about a man who visits a town where no one helps one another or welcomes him. He begins to cook a soup, using only a stone. Out of curiosity, the towns people come one by one and add a little something to the pot. In the end, they've made a delicious soup together. The man leaves the town a happier and more loving place.