For awhile there it seemed that instead of "always winter and never Christmas" (Chronicles of Narnia), it was never winter and almost Christmas.
After our first snow melted away, we have indeed been blessed with more. Maybe, it's here to stay. The snow may not be everyone's favorite. It certainly slows down traffic and makes the roads more dangerous. But it also adds a bit of wonder and beauty, especially when it falls in big, fat flakes.
It also makes it seem like Christmas is actually around the corner. And while that may cause some anxiety due to all that tends to come with Christmas, it also creates some excitement.
After all, would we be in the mood for a "Taste of Christmas"? if there wasn't any snow? That would be a shame, as Masterworks' one-hour Christmas show is a delightful smattering of festive-themed song and dance. The perfect way to start December. Make sure you get your tickets online or at the front desk (slightly cheaper). Invite some friends who've never had the experience. It's going to be lovely! (There will be yummy baking for sale as well.
Remember: December 3rd, 2;00 p.m. the show starts, at 430 Lakewood Blvd.
If you're in the show, rehearsal starts at 11:30 (bring a lunch). Come with hair/make-up done and base attire on. Baking can be dropped off then or a half-hour before the show.
An impromptu movie night was very quickly planned for last week, for the 13-and-up students. Although it was a smaller crowd, it was a great night. Everyone brought candy to share and one person brought the most delicious chocolate cake. "Finding Dory" wasn't the originally planned movie, but ended up being a fun choice. Kristie led the discussion of the God-themes in the movie and they all prayed together. The hope is to have another one after Christmas.
Our family had an impromptu movie night last night, too. It was nice to relax together after a busy first half of the week. Our choice was "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and we were amazed at how the story-line brought out many truths:
- the co-existence of people with dragons reflects the Creation narrative of all things being created at the same time, including dinosaurs
- the existence of a kingdom ruled by control and fear and a kingdom motivated by love and belonging
- how we can all come under the influence of the wrong people, even when our hearts belong to God, because there are spiritual forces at work
- God pursues us and helps us see His love
- in the end, the power of the kingdom of love (under God) overcomes the power of kingdom of fear (under Satan)
I have to say, all the segments where these themes came out the most strongly, were not exactly relaxing. And there was a very sad moment. But there were also many light-hearted moments before this, which made me laugh out loud. And a beautiful picture of enduring love.
Movie nights can be a great way to bond and create meaningful discussion. I hope there will be more in the future, both at Masterworks and at my house!
Close to 30 kids were at the PJ party that Kim Hildebrand and Teri-Lynn Friesen hosted on November 4th.
They did face and foot masks, played some group games, watched Finding Dory and then had a God talk and did some dancing. They ate pancakes and popcorn, and drank hot chocolate and juice.
Teri-Lynn commented, "It was a ton of fun and we were so happy to be able to connect as a group. Every year we see more and more kids come out which is awesome! We love the Masterworks family".
How have we arrived in November already? Is it the warmer-than-average temperatures and rainy/cloudy weather that makes it difficult to believe? It's hard to say. Regardless, October is behind us and there is much ahead.
First is the Pajama Party on Friday, November 4th. This event is for the 9 - 12 students and is always a fun way of relaxing and getting to know one another in a new setting. There will be "pancakes, popcorn, a movie, and fun". Cost is $3. Be sure to pre-register at front desk or by phone (946-5617).
Second, is Parent Observation Week, November 5th (Saturday) until November 10th. This is a chance for you to see what your child is doing, meet the teacher if you haven't already, and get a feel for the style of dance and format of the class.
Keep your eyes open for the Christmas wreath/swag fundraiser happening this month. The sale will be on from now until noon on Saturday, November 12th , with pick up of wreaths and swags at Masterworks on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00 to 6:00 and 9:00 to 9:45. See Facebook for more details. https://www.facebook.com/masterworksdancestudio
Tickets for "Taste of Christmas" go on sale November 14th. (Tickets for the Musical Theatre Showcase will be sold at the door only).
And that's what's in store for the month of November.