January 04, 2015

Annual Christmas Puppet Show (2014 and 2013)

So, it appears I didn't do much blogging last year around Christmas. I never got around posting the annual puppet show. For Christmas 2013, Chloe was a missionary in Alabama, so Liam and Tomas carried on the tradition. The 2013 production was Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer based on the 1960s TV Christmas special. I remember I loved this show as a child, but the Abominable Snowman scared the bejeebers out of me. 

This was Liam's directorial debut. In the past, he's been Chloe's assistant. The boys did a fantastic job. I was especially impressed with the puppets.

From left to right–Sam the Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives), Hermey (the elf who wants to be a dentist), Yukon Cornelius (a prospector), and the Abominable Snowman (Yukon calls him Bumble)
Here is the video. It may be a little hard to understand because the video camera was picking up more of the paper bag rustling than the audio. But, if you know the general story, you'll get it. Enjoy!

And now to this year. Chloe was back home with us, so she and Tomas staged Twas the Night Before Navidad. Liam was in the audience due to an untimely migraine. As always, the puppet show did not disappoint–very creative and lots of fun. Here are some of the puppets. I loved Santa in his sombrero and the Christmas mariachi band.

From left to right–Christmas mariachis, Santa, los niƱos, and one of Santa's burros

Here is the video. If you go to the actual youtube page, I have included the text with Spanish translation.

This is  a wonderful family tradition I hope that never ends. I'm going to do everything I can to encourage the kids to keep it going until their kids can take it over. We'll see how that goes.

January 03, 2015

The 2014 Christmas Ornament Collection

Here is the Christmas ornament roundup for 2014. Along with a bunch of other stuff, I noticed I didn't post last year's ornaments. I thought I at least photographed them, but I can't find anything. Oh well.

This year, I broke with tradition, Usually, I go to the after Christmas sale and buy the ornaments for half price. However, when I went to the local Hallmark store a couple days before Christmas, I noticed many of the ornaments were already sold out. I asked the clerk about it, and she said they didn't order as many in this year because they always have so many left over. And in addition to that, the clerk said they had sold more this year. I didn't want it to be a case of "You snooze; you lose," so I went ahead and bought the ornaments full-price (ouch).

First off, I got Tomas another Phineas and Ferb ornament. Netflix currently has four seasons available. I'm sure Tomas has seen each one at least ten times (not an exaggeration), and he practically has them memorized.

For Liam, I got another guitar to go along with one from a couple years ago. This one plays Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. Liam, by the way, is getting really good at the guitar. He has a band. As of yet, he hasn't let me see them perform, but I hear they're good.

Chloe is back from her mission, and it didn't take her long to get fully integrated back into the real world, which includes fashion, makeup, new hairstyles, etc. I bought her this Minnie Mouse pampering herself ornament.

For Katie, who loves cows, I found this ornament called Holy Cow. It makes me laugh.

For myself, I found this set of two ornaments where a frosty friend is decorating a gingerbread house. It reminds me of the Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza.

The tree continues to get more and more crammed with ornaments–just how I like it. I know my original plan was to give each kid's ornaments to them when they permanently leave home, but it's going to be hard. The collection of ornaments has turned into a sort of family history. I can look at the ornaments for each year and remember what each person was into or doing that year. I'm hoping I someday make the big bucks so that I can continue the tradition with grandkids.