For the last few years we’ve run a singing group with The Learning Zone leading up to Christmas, we’ve learnt some folk carols and enjoyed singing some sea shanties and silly songs as well. We performed Sweet Bells, Hail Chime On, The Wexford Carol and While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham) at the Newport Churches Carols in the Square. We were in between The Salvation Army band, puppets, gigantic pass the parcel and various other bits a pieces. Our grp did really well and they had worked so hard to produce a lovely sound. You can get a little taste of it here:
Rather than do a concert with the songs we had learned this year I opted to run a Christingle service where we could sing the carols we had learned and some more traditional carols too. We had loads of people, everyone made their own Christingle and there is something so beautiful about singing carols in the candlelight. Unfortunately as I was busy running it I couldn’t take photos during it but here is a snap just after of the girls and Caleb.
We followed the Christingle with another favourite Christmas tradition the annual Learning Zone cookie exchange.
We made 110 cookies at home and packaged them up into 11 bags with labels. When the kids were small it was ever so difficult to make so many cookies – with the “help” of little children – but now everyone does their own thing so it’s only a moderately large batch each.
This year we all sat round in a circle and handed out the cookies explaining who had made what and giving some details of the cookies.
We ended up with 110 cookies of all sorts of shapes. styles and flavours. We always spread the cookies out when we get home and examine them decide if any can be put in the freezer for closer to Christmas and which one must absolutely be eaten immediately. Then we sit and have a cuppa with a selection of the cookies.