Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lighthouse Christmas Tea

Tuesday night was our homeschool group's annual Mom's Christmas Tea. This is always a sweet evening of fellowship and a chance to get to know each other better as we sit at festively decorated tables, sipping hot tea or cider and nibbling cookies and finger sandwiches.



We enjoyed a time of singing and learning the history of some of our most beloved Christmas carols.


Then we all benefited from hearing our speaker, Allison, talk about keeping Christ as the focus of our Christmas preparations and celebrations. She challenged us to keep things simple, to keep our priorities in line ( first God, then our husbands, then our children, and then everything else!) , to be deliberate in teaching our children the meaning behind our Christmas celebrations, and to actively look for ways to share Christ with others.

Another tradition at our Tea is singing "The 14 Days of Homeschool".

14 Days of Homeschooling
(To the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas.")

On the first day of homeschool my neighbor said to me, "Can you homeschool legally?"

On the second day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"Are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the third day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"Do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the fourth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"What about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the fifth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"YOU ARE SO STRANGE!

What about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the sixth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"How long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE S0 STRANGE,

what about P.E. , do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the seventh day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"Look at what they're missing, how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE!,

what about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, do you homeschool legally?"



On the eighth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"Why do you do this, look at what they're missing,

how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE,

what about P.E. do you give them tests,

are they socialized, do you homeschool legally?"



On the ninth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"They'll miss the prom, why do you do this,

look at what they're missing, how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE!,

what about P.E. do you give them tests,

are they socialized, do you homeschool legally?"



On the tenth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"What about graduation, they'll miss the prom,

why do you do this, look at what they're missing,

how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE!,

what about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the eleventh day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"I could never do that, what about graduation,

they'll miss the prom, why do you do this,

look at what they're missing, how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE,

what about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the twelfth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"Can they go to college, I could never do that,

what about graduation, they'll miss the prom,

why do you do this, look at what they're missing,

how long will you homeschool,

YOU ARE SO STRANGE,

What about P.E., do you give them tests,

are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?"



On the thirteenth day of homeschool I thoughtfully replied:

"They can go to college, yes you can do this,

they can have graduation, we don't like the prom,

we do it cuz we like it, they are missing nothing,

we'll homeschool forever,

WE ARE NOT STRANGE!,

We give them P.E., and we give them tests,

they are socialized, AND WE HOMESCHOOL LEGALLY!"


On the fourteenth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,

"How can I get started, why didn't you tell me,

where do I buy curriculum, when is the next conference,

WILL PEOPLE THINK WE'RE STRANGE?

I think we can do this, if you will help us,

we'll join a sports team, and we'll homeschool legally."


1 comment:

The Freeland Family said...

Nibbling? Girl, there was not any nibbling going on at my table! There were some yummy treats and we had our share...and then some! :)