Yesterday was the last day of school for the kids at Kennedy and because they would normally have a school assembly for the afternoon, all classes were done at noon. Instead of a school assembly, the gang in the pod had a little Christmas party! Each of the mom’s made something–Alex and Wendy’s mom made a strawberry Jello mold, Mimi’s mom made a tray of cookies and apples with dip and Allie and Christine’s mom made a plate of nachos. The kids took a vote on the main course and they unanimously voted for Chinese! They all decided General Tso’s with lo mein and egg rolls sounded good. (And I’m now hungry for Chinese while I’m typing this!)
Everyone got dressed up like they had planned. Alex and Mimi were the first ones done with their classes, so they hurried to see what was for lunch!
“Oh wow, everything looks so yummy!” said Mimi. “I agree,” said Alex, “and I’m going to have a little bit of everything! Starting with those nachos.”
Christine and Wendy were the next ones to join them. “My mom makes the best Jello with strawberries, I can’t wait to have some dessert” said Wendy. “I’ve been thinking about Chinese food all morning” said Christine, “I was having a hard time concentrating on math!”
Allie was the last one to get done with her classes, she had a big test in Algebra. “I think I did well, I guess I’ll find out in a few days! I’m ready to eat!”
“Whoo hoo,it’s officially Christmas vacation now!!”
The classes on this day were at Allie and Christine’s. “Once we are done eating, we can go into the family room with the piano and sing Christmas carols” said Christine. “Allie and I have been practicing a bunch of them.” “I have too!” replied Mimi. “I guess we are all set then for an official holiday celebration then” said Alex. “But enough talk, let’s eat!!!!!”
After they finished with lunch, they talked for a bit while lunch settled (it is very hard to sing on a full stomach) and then headed into the family room. Allie was the first one to play, she started out with “Jingle Bells”, then “O Come All Ye Faithful” and finished with “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Then it was Mimi’s turn!
“This is so cool, getting to play on your grand piano! This is going to sound so awesome.” Mimi started out with “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”, then “Silent Night” and ended up playing the music from a Charlie Brown Christmas (the part where they are working on the play) and everyone else danced like their favorite character. Mimi was having a hard time not laughing at them!
When Mimi finished, it was Christine’s turn. She had been practicing really hard and surprised them all with the Weird Al Song “Christmas At Ground Zero”, and they all knew every word! She then played “Deck The Halls” and finished up the afternoon with “Sleigh Ride”. Wendy was excited, she said that “Sleigh Ride” is her favorite Christmas song. Everyone agreed it was really fun to get to sing together and maybe they should do this more often.
Before Mimi, Alex and Wendy headed home, they decided to get a picture of all of them together since, not only do they not get dressed up like this very often, but to commemorate what has been a very unusual year and holiday.
(Mimi, Wendy and Allie are wearing assorted American Girl holiday dresses/shoes. Christine is wearing a My Life As holiday dress and Alex is wearing the American Girl Festive Formal Outfit from this year that is now sold out.)