Lapchynski Christmas 2009 - Sunriver, ORThe snow is thick (in fact, I swear we gained a whole foot last night) in Sunriver and Christina, Sierra, Grandma Cheryl, KZ and I are having a great time.  Looking forward to some  more sledding today with Sierra and who knows else.

Now might be a good time to finally post the video of Sierra’s Christmas performance at church wherein she pulls off a fantastic solo in “The Friendly Beasts“, so here you go.  You should be able to just press the play button and it will play in your web browser but if you have a problem with that then you can download it there, too.  Now if you still have a problem with that, drop me a line and I’ll drum up a DVD for you.

 

Sierra 2008 Christmas program solo

Anyways, Santa was good to us.  Sierra’s love for the American Girl series (which, I think is cool because it teaches girls about the important contributions girls have made to history) continues to be appeased, this year with Nez Perce (the people of Chief Joseph) sweetheart Kaya, complete with teepee and corresponding fire!

As for us, interestingly, one of our presents is to come back to Sunriver for a couples retreat!  I also get to take a class on foraging for wild food and Christina gets a class in landscape painting.  Santa also made sure to get us thank you notes, which is indeed going to be useful!

 

But Christmas ain’t about the presents, right?  No, it’s a time to cuddle up against the cold with our loved ones and celebrate the seed of new hope that has sprouted.  No matter what you believe in, whether it be in the birth of Jesus or simply looking forward to the coming of spring, may it be a blessed one for you.

By the way, this was composed to Silber‘s annual winter/Christmas compilation, “Winterizing,” which you can download and/or listen to free here.  It’s an interesting mix of psychfolk, ambient, shoegaze, and electroacoustics from an ever-interesting label.  Their tendency towards emotional yet not goth stuff has always delighted me since I landed a copy of their first release many moons ago, especially when it comes to covering traditional Christmas songs.  Sadly, that’s lacking here, but it’s a good one none the less, especially given the price.

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