Merry Christmas!

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We are home for Christmas, which was our contractor’s goal after the wildfires and the damage at our house. But our house is not completely fixed yet. The wood flooring has to be replaced all over the house due to water damage after a tree fell and punctured the roof in several places, followed by rain that night.

Christmas at Downton Abbey

Christmas at Downton Abbey is a 2-CD collection of traditional Christmas melodies sung by some of the cast members from the iconic TV series and others

We are thankful and counting our blessings though. The children opened presents earlier in the morning and were very excited to receive new things to build and play with. We draw strength from their enthusiasm and childlike excitement.  Continue reading »

We had dinner at home and my husband’s mom came over with her husband. I cooked a simpler meal than at Thanksgiving: vegetarian turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, walnut gravy, salad with Olive Garden dressing, steamed corn, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. We drank different Martinelli sparkling non-alcoholic ciders. Christmas at Downton Abbey played in the background – my favorite Christmas collection for two years now.

In other words, we had a good Christmas dinner, like many of you, I am sure. I really enjoy being at home, in my kitchen, laying a nice tablecloth on the dining room table, and seeing my family eat. It’s the simple things in life that bring us the most satisfaction.

As far as homeschooling, we started a Christmas break last Wednesday. For the next two weeks, we will only cover Bible, violin and piano. The children have received lots of new toys and books to engage with and I need to decompress after a very busy year. Don’t we all.


Merry Christmas To You

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From our family to your family, Merry Christmas! God with us – Immanuel – what a glorious truth! May we experience divinity in every moment of our lives. Mundane moments can be hallowed when we listen to the right message, when we are tuned to the right bandwidth.

The Zoder Family at Christmas time - 2015

The Zoder Family (us!) at Christmas time – 2015

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, we still hope you will accept our wishes for joy, peace, harmony and goodwill.

We love sharing our homeschool and, by extension, our family, with you through this blog and I especially want to thank you for being my friends from afar. I enjoy your feedback and comments. Please keep them coming!


Mom Monday Week 51 – Merry Christmas!

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This year, I discovered the secret to a peaceful and relaxed December. Are you ready for it? You know, the ONE thing you need to do in order to stay sane through the holiday season, Christmas shopping, and the end of the semester. Drum roll, please… Get sick.

Yes, friends, get sick. If you get sick, the amount of work your family will allow you to do is minimal. Everybody will pitch in a bit here and there. You discover that the whole operation will move on just fine without your efforts. It’s brilliant!

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I should patent this idea: eat a lot of sweets through November and extra pie at Thanksgiving, so that your immune system gets overwhelmed and completely unable to deal with the viruses going around. And work extra hard through November, too, to the point of exhaustion. That is a sure recipe for sickness in December. And you’re off the hook with the Christmas preparations.  Continue reading »

You will have to cancel most of the events on your calendar – and discover that your children will learn just as much at home, while they have to feed and clothe themselves. You will learn how to make soup in ten minutes before running back to bed. Your husband will not tire of making you tea. It’s almost romantic.

Also, you will learn that some events simply cannot be canceled and you may have to drive your kids around town half sick (you and them). After all, a lot of people go to work with a cold and a runny nose. So should you, dear homeschooling mom.

As I am recovering from this month-long sickness, I feel wiser. Guess what? I could not send Christmas cards this year and the world still keeps on turning. Who knew?

Cards were just one of those Christmas projects that I had to smile sadly towards. “Not this year, dear!…”

I wish you a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate this holiday! And remember it’s a holiday for your, too.


Merry Christmas

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Our family is taking two weeks of break from homeschooling. Of course, learning never stops. My son keeps practicing his violin and putting together LEGO Education models. My daughter asks to do math and reading. I work with her for 15 minutes or until she loses focus. But the pace is slow and the projects are initiated by them. We read to them every day.

We have been baking cookies for neighbors and other special people in our lives. The children were so excited to deliver the goodies. That’s Home Ec. and service on my list of educational objectives, but I don’t record them through the holiday season.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours - The Zoder Family

Merry Christmas from our family to yours – The Zoder Family

We wish you and your family a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a Merry Christmas!