I took a few photos in the church before the start of the Nativity. I've cropped Izzy out so as not to show any of the other children - hope the photos don't come out too small!
I did have one photo where she was smiling nicely, but she was sitting too close to her friend to crop out, so you get these delightful expressions instead! As you can see, there was a sea of white and gold!! Izzy's costume was from Sainsburys last year, and the teacher was recommending Tesco for costumes this year - the supermarkets have obviously cottoned on to the need for Nativity costumes!
The first performance of the day was at 1.30pm. I took Toby along to it, and also met my Granny and Grandpa there. Afterwards, you could collect your child from the church, so they got to finish about an hour early. I took Izzy shopping as she wanted to buy her teacher a Christmas present. I think I probably spent a bit more on this year's present than I will in future years, but hey, it's Izzy's first Christmas at school and her teacher is fantastic. So as Izzy knew exactly what she wanted to get her, I let her get it:
A mug for her ("pink, because she always wears pink"), a mug for her 3 year-old daughter, hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows. We do occasionally see Izzy's teacher's daughter, including yesterday at the party which is probably why she was fresh in Izzy's mind, and Izzy wanted them to be able to have hot chocolate on rainy days like we do! I thought it was a sweet idea so I didn't mind spending a little extra money, I just hope her teacher isn't embarrassed by the gift? I hope not, but it's so hard to know what is "right" to do - I'm still new to this school thing!!
We also got a tin of chocolates for all the teaching assistants and helpers. I was going to bake them something (last year, when Izzy's was in pre-school, we made all the staff peppermint creams I think) but then when we saw Izzy's teacher yesterday, she mentioned that they were hoping to get some tins of chocolates for the staffroom soon as they all needed an energy boost, so I figured I may as well get them what they wanted! Plus I have lots of baking to do this week anyway - with toddler group party, school party and my sister's 16th birthday - so I was happy to save myself some time!
|Standard tin of chocs. Although it was surprisingly hard to find a tin of chocolates - everywhere was just selling biscuits!|
Izzy wrote out cards for her teacher and class as well. We discussed what she wanted to write then I wrote it out and she copied it. She is getting so good at writing - I used to need to sound out all the letters for her as she'd lose her place on the page when she was trying to copy. But tonight she didn't want any help - in fact wanting me to leave her to it rather than hovering around watching her! While I wasn't looking, she added some "extra" writing on the envelope which I thought was so cute that I had to share it - overly proud "mummy" moment, sorry - indulge me!
"I love you vere mush and I lic you bein in my klus. Love Izzy" [translation if needed: I love you very much and I like you being in my class"]
Bless her! She's started writing me notes with her own guesses at spelling recently too. I always have to try to keep a straight face as she gets all embarrassed if I laugh, even though I explain it's only because I think she's so cute!! :)
Anyway, back to the Nativity. As well as the afternoon performance, there was an evening one at 6pm so that more parents could attend. Unfortunately Liam doesn't get home til gone 6.30pm so he couldn't see it, but my Mum, Sister and other Grandma went to watch instead. I was very thankful that my Mum was driving Izzy down this evening as the rain was pouring down - I wouldn't have liked to walk to the church in that! I took a quick photo of Izzy before she went. Photos in front of the Christmas tree are going to make regular appearances around her for the next few weeks I think!
She had such a good time being in the "Jesus play" as she calls it. The only rehearsed all together for the first time this morning, but they'd all been practising their songs for the last couple of weeks.
Do you remember being in your school Nativity? I remember being an angel, but apart from that I don't really have any memories of it - lots of tinsel was no doubt involved. I think my Mum made my costume from a plain white dress (sheet?) with lots of tinsel around all the edges!
If you are a parent, do you give your children's teachers gifts at Christmas? Or if you are a teacher, what sort of gifts do you receive? I am a little worried that what Izzy is giving is a bit too much. Presumably most parents wont have bought for the teacher's daughter! But she was so insistent that that was what she wanted to give her, that I