Pre-Christmas Festivities

Christmas looked a lot different this year than normal. We found out on the Saturday after school let out that a lot of people at school had come down with Covid, and many were too close to comfort for us to feel okay not quarantining. So, the Fentress family has been on quarantine, and will continue to be, until Jan. 1. Thankfully, though, none of us have any symptoms, and have not felt sick at all. Hopefully, at this point, we are in the clear, but we are still being cautious, just because we don’t want to be the cause of anybody else getting sick.

Anyways, we have still had a lot of Christmas fun, even being on quarantine. Break was a bit different this year, because we had a whole week off before Christmas even happened, which was actually really nice.

The week before school let out was fun for the kids. I made homemade wreaths with my class, and then on our half day we had a party day. I’m not going to share many pics of that, though, since I didn’t get any of just Jack (#momfail), and don’t want to post pics of all my students on here. On the half day before Christmas all the students were really excited because we had a casual day, so everyone could wear jeans and Christmas shirts. It was a lot of fun to see all my kids out of their uniforms! Josie’s class had a white elephant ornament exchange, and she made a felt Baby Yoda ornament to take.

Earlier that week, we also celebrated Mama Judy’s birthday! We had her over for dinner and dessert and the kiddos made her some cards.

One night we went for a drive in Jake’s truck to test out his new radio system, and we stumbled upon the coolest Charlie Brown light display-so fun!

Our sweet, sweet neighbor came over with the sweetest Christmas basket-new Christmas dishes, a gingerbread house kit for the kids, oranges, peppermints, homemade pickles and banana bread! We love our neighbors so much.

I prepped sausage balls for Christmas Eve breakfast, and we kept yummy smell good stuff going on the stove for days.

One night we went to Golly G’s for drinks (hot chocolate for Jake, egg nog coffee for me, and iced coffees for the kids-LOL-They get coffee anytime we allow them to, which isn’t very often!) and then went light looking. Travis Price Park had a whole drive through light display, which was really cool.

One day our sweet youth group leaders came by and dropped off a “quarantine” basket for our family, filled with all kinds of sweet goodies. I love our church. They are the best. I miss, so much, getting to gather with our church family every Sunday…but I know this is only a season. And it will be that much sweeter when we get to again.

When we knew we were going to (literally) be home for the holidays, we made a big list of things we wanted to do to fill our time and make Christmas special. One thing Josie wanted to do was to make and decorate homemade gingerbread cookies. This is something we’d never done before, so I had to look up a recipe and borrow some cookie cutters from Nana (I can’t find my stash! I’m afraid I got rid of them at some point.). I am SO glad, though, that Josie suggested this! She and I had a great time rolling them out together and decorating them, and Jack even decorated a few when he saw how much fun we were having. And, they were DELICIOUS, and we had a great time doing some “cookie drop offs” for some friends and family. I think this is definitely something we will be repeating in future years!

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