“Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat…”

Holidays are in the air at FMA. It all started a few days before Thanksgiving. We started a study of the Separatists, otherwise known as the Pilgrims, who left England to escape religious persecution. On Thanksgiving Day, we got up late, and after History class, we made omelets for breakfast and then had the rest of the day off. It was great. At around 3:00 p.m. we dressed for dinner, and then came the feast. And what a feast it was! We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and the list goes on. The table was splendidly decorated for our formal banquet.

In early December, Ms. Margaret walked into evening class, gave us each a candy cane, and with that we started learning Christmas carols. Most every day thereafter we sang. As the month progressed, Hanukkah began, and every night we lit the Menorah. After our short December expedition, everything began to happen at once. We cut a Christmas tree, and began our five-day Secret Santa gift giving. On Saturday, we began making cutting boards as a gift for our families.

On Sunday, we had our Hanukkah dinner, another formal banquet for which we dressed up. We also had some fierce dreidel competition and finished our cutting boards, all the while practicing singing. Monday we practiced singing again, and on Tuesday after work chores we cleaned our rooms and packed to go home. After that we went to the Wesley Chapel Fellowship Hall, a neighborhood church, where we sang carols with our neighbors.

After days of holiday activity, it is all over and done, and Christmas at home awaits.

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

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