Talk Tuesday

A Gift for Jesus

As we celebrated the Christmas season, Ms. Laurie's class was mindful of the reason for this very special time of year: The birth of Jesus. The greatest gift is the gift of love from God for all of us. Jesus is a gift for us and since it is his birthday, Ms. Laurie asked her students what gift they would give Jesus.

Unwrapping the Evolution of Holiday Fashion

'Tis the season to sparkle and slay, as holiday fashion takes center stage with a glittering evolution that's as festive as the season itself. From vintage glam to modern chic, let's unwrap the journey of holiday fashion and discover how it has evolved to make a statement that's as bold and diverse as the celebrations we cherish. … Dazzling Decades: Retro Resurgence … Rewind to the mid-20th century, and you'll find holiday fashion characterized by opulent silhouettes and rich fabrics. Think Audrey Hepburn in classic black dresses or the glamorous allure of Marilyn Monroe.

What Makes You Happy?

Ms. Lori's class talked about how Christmas trees make us happy! She asked her students, "What makes you happy?" … Kash: All the presents from Santa. Shepherd: When my brother shares the Nintendo Switch. Brinkley: Jesus … Miller: My mommy … Blaire: Reindeer … Nora: Ornaments … Kelsen: Setting up Christmas … Shelby: Jingle Bells … Gentry: Jesus's Birthday … Oliver: Jesus … Larkin: Opening presents, seeing Santa, and spending time with my family. Claire: Presents and my mama … Easton: Jesus's Birthday … Ava: Ornaments … Wyatt:

Bougie Grubs Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry Salsa is a vibrant and flavorful dish that combines the tartness of fresh cranberries with the freshness of cilantro, the heat of jalapeno, and the zestiness of lime. Here's a recipe you can try:

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 cups fresh cranberries … • 1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste) • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped … • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped … • Juice of 1 lime … • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced … • Salt, to taste …

INSTRUCTIONS

… • Prepare: Rinse the cranberries and place them in a food processor. Add jalapeno, minced garlic, and cilantro.

A Gift for Santa

Ms. Alley asked her class if they could put one gift under the tree for Santa; what would it be? … Luis: "Magnet Blocks so he can make toys faster." … Aislyn: "A teddy bear lovie to sleep with after he delivers presents." … Liam: "A super cool race car to drive to my house." … Emma: "Christmas pajamas to sleep in after he brings me my gifts." … Cameron: "A Barbie House with a pool because he will need a vacation." … Samuel: "Dinosaur nuggets because he will be hungry." … Ben: "An airplane to replace his sled." … Elena: "A bicycle to ride with his elves." … Addis:

Are You My Book Twin?

I read a book last week that felt so personal to me. The words and phrases were so similar to what I've written in past book reviews that I worried mine could be misconstrued as plagiarism. In I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (of Modern Mrs. Darcy), she writes at length about our reading lives and the joy of finding a book twin (someone who enjoys all the same books as you).

Lonestar Christmas and Hits

Not every musician has the opportunity to revisit and even potentially improve upon their biggest hits. But on the forthcoming TEN to 1 record, the award-winning band Lonestar—

Let Your Light Shine

In Ms. Jessica’s class, we are learning what it means to “let your light shine.” We learned that Jesus calls us to let our light shine before others. In Matthew 5, he says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We learned that when we follow Jesus, obeying his word and sharing his love with others, we are letting our light shine.

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