Season of Joy
The boys and girls at New Song experienced a Christmas season of joy and delight in December. From trips and parties to gingerbread houses, delicious breakfasts, and presents, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the season. And the theme through it all was the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The festivities began with a classroom party the students and teachers enjoyed together. During the gathering, students made crosses and snowflakes out of pipe cleaners and beads. Their teacher, Miss Rachelle, read two Christmas stories aloud while the kids ate Christmas cookies and drank hot chocolate. “We handed out stockings and watched the kids open up the multiple gifts stuffed inside while they also exchanged cards they had made for one another,” shared Rachelle. “I took great delight in watching the expressions on their faces as they opened their gifts chosen specifically for them individually.”
The kids were also taken on a very special outing to see the Lights Under Louisville “mega-cavern!” This spectacular 2-mile slow drive in a cavern-like tunnel under the city of Louisville is lit up with 40 themed light displays, 900 lit characters, and 6,500,000 bulbs. The colorful displays included a wonderful display of Jesus in the manger with surrounding people and animals, a superhero display featuring the likes of Spiderman and Batman, and a fantastic laser light show at the end of the tunnel.
During the girls’ home Christmas celebration, eleven-year-old Tay and six-year-old De’Maria especially loved the warm winter pajamas they received in the batch of presents sitting under the beautifully lit tree with classic white lights. The girls abruptly left the living room to reemerge with their new morning wear. “Don’t we look cute!” De’Maria exclaimed with her big, infectious personality and smile.
The boys were equally thrilled with their gifts which ranged from cool model cars resembling Ferraris, a black and gold Spalding basketball, dragon and turtle stuffed animals, and several fun board games. “I liked my Cheetos snuggy the best,” shared 12-year-old Kayden.
Through all of these festivities, our houseparents and staff remained diligent about sharing the birth of Jesus, reading Christmas devotionals throughout the month and stressing that the greatest gift ever given was when God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world!