As much as I love having my big girls home for the Christmas holidays, I am sorry to see this school term come to an end. Since last June I've been telling myself that we have two terms left. Our departure from England is still far away. But with the end of this term comes the harsh realization that the next term is our last. We're on our way out of Europe. Probably forever.
Every time I think about it I experience a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. So I'm not going to think about it until January.
Whew. Deep breaths. In and out.
Michaelmas term concluded with all the lovely English celebrations we know and love: the children's Christmas card exchange, minced pies and mulled wine for grown ups in the dining hall, nativity play, Christingle services, and more.
Our school's nativity performance is always an entertaining take on the Christmas story. This year they put on The Amazing Christmas Recipe in which the children explored all the elements necessary to make Christmas merry and bright. From Baby Jesus and Father Christmas to fairy lights and robins (so very English!), I think they struck upon a recipe that is a keeper.
|Kate's class dressed up as Father Christmas and Mrs Claus.|
We gathered in the school chapel to celebrate with a Christingle service. The combination of fire and kids ages 3 to 7 seems insane to me, but this is our third year and we've not experienced an emergency evacuation yet. Perhaps these Brits have it sussed. :)
At the Prep School the Christmas celebrations are a bit more minimal. Ella sang with the junior choir in a carol service on the last morning of term, but the rest of us were unable to attend. I was so sad to miss the one Prep School Christmas activity, but I simply was not up to dealing with Annie in a two-hour reverent candlelit service.
And without further ado, the Christmas holidays have officially begun! Bring on the hot cocoa and candy canes! Break out the craft projects and crank up Christmas carols! These five PJ's are ready to celebrate our last Christmas in England!