So soon it will be the night for many children when Santa rides in his sleigh and delivers toys to boys and girls. That is the inspiration for my page today. I found this map and those red lines printed on the map could be Santa's delivery route.
This is a journal page in my holiday journal.
On Christmas Eve many children find it hard to sleep in their excitement. But I know from teaching that Christmas for some children isn't quite so exciting for various circumstances. The craziness at school right now is mostly from excited teenagers (who are really such big babies underneath) but also some kids who feel the holiday stress. Luckily my school has a giving tree to try to help out those kids and I think now there are so many more programs in place than there used to be.
But Christmas isn't just for little kids either.
When my daughter was little we started tracking Santa on Norad's Track Santa. Norad is the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint American and Canadian team that protects the airspace over our two nations, but every Christmas Eve Day they put aside their duties for a little while and have some fun tracking Santa Claus' journey. We still check in a few times over the day because it's fun, and for me it also brings back those memories from when she was really little. She was afraid of Santa and would never come downstairs by herself on Christmas morning for fear he might still be in the house. My husband would play it up and stamp his boots in the fireplace ashes (for those of you who might not know, if you have a chimney that's how Santa enters your house) and even take a tiny scrap of red cloth and hook it onto the handle that opens and closes the flu.
Oh those memories are making me happy but also a little sad too.
So today I am linking my journal page up to 2 challenges: Sheila's fun challenge at Art Journal Journey-Let's Celebrate and also over at the Christmas challenge at Moo Mania.
I am also enjoying being home today as my head cold went right to my voice box and I have NO voice at all. It was a good excuse to stay home and recuperate. And maybe later I will feel more ambitious and bake some cookies. Elizabeth's post got me itching to play in the kitchen some more.
Plus it's a good excuse to sit on the couch and write this long post in the middle of the day.
Hope everyone is healthy and enjoying their day.
And as always, thanks for visiting my blog.