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We went to see Alex’s aunt perform cello in the Messiah tonight. I started writing about it and then realized Alex knows more about it than I do, so here he is.
The Messiah was originally written as an Easter Oratorio, which makes sense considering the subject matter. Over the next 50 years, it became a staple among Christmas music. The general feeling was that there was so much fine Easter music and so little great sacral music written for Christmas.
Handel composed the score in just 24 days, and at the end of the manuscript, he wrote the letters "SDG"—Soli Deo Gloria: "To God alone the glory." This inscription and the speed of composition has encouraged belief in the story that Handel wrote the music in a fervor of divine inspiration. He stated that as he wrote the "Hallelujah" chorus, he saw all heaven before him.
One thing that Handel is known for (when compared to other composers, such as Bach) is his sense for humanity. Where Bach's oratorios exalted God, Handel was more concerned with the feelings of mortals. When you listen to the Messiah, you start to understand that Handel was writing his music to capture the human response to the divine rather than simply praising the divine.
The tradition to stand during the Hallelujah chorus comes from the belief that King George II stood out of reverence during the chorus. You usually don't have to look too far to find live performances of the Messiah at this time of year. Whether you believe Handel was divinely inspired to write it or not, listening to The Messiah is my favorite way to feel the joy and majesty of the Christmas season.
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The Sand Snowman Competition combined three of my favorite things: art, the beach, and being completely extra. We walked around all the sand creations and then our toddler asked to be made into a snowman, so that’s what you see here. We loved seeing all the families working together on a project! Perhaps we will submit one next year when our kid builds more and destroys less. I posted my favorite submissions to my stories. #getglobetrottingsouthbayLA
My excitement to become a mother was palpable. I loved college and then working, but I couldn’t WAIT to be a mom. That’s why I was so surprised that when our first baby came along, I found staying home terribly boring. I felt trapped looking out at the homebound years stretching in front of me.
We did a few trips in our baby’s first year and they were fun but expensive. I still felt trapped at home thinking about how our travel budget would shrink as our family grew. We considered following the path of some of the families we saw online, quitting our jobs and selling our home to live a nomadic life. But the reality was neither of our careers were portable and we needed an income to live.
That’s when we did our first home exchange. We began seeing the world for just the cost of the plane fare. I started putting together trips filled with cheap kid-friendly activities in far-flung places. We were doing it; we were seeing the world without spending much more than what we spent at home!
Suddenly I didn’t feel trapped anymore. The years of child-rearing opened up in front of me with visions of showing my kids the Louvre and strolling the night markets of Taiwan. Eventually putting together budget trips for our small family grew into crafting itineraries for our extended family and friends. And that’s how Get Globetrotting was born.
If you’re a family that travels, we want to show you how to save money doing it. If you’re a family that doesn’t travel but would like to, we want to help you reach that goal. If you’re thinking about starting a family someday but are secretly worried it’ll ruin your life, we want to show you it doesn’t have to!
Raising children and travel have a lot in common. Both are hard work, uncomfortable, exhausting, awe-inspiring, and overwhelming all in the span of about five minutes. Yet each are interspersed with moments that make them 100% worth it.
Follow us on our journey to create a life full of purpose, travels, and children. We are choosing to share our family budget travel tips along the way in the hope that we can help other families create the lives they want too! #getglobetrottingstory
Santee Alley is an LA gem. It’s a trendsetting cheapskate’s dream nestled in the middle of LA’s fashion district. Usually when you go thrifting or bargain hunting, you are stuck with last season’s looks. I’ve noticed that many new fashions start in LA before gaining popularity elsewhere and Santee Alley reflects that. If it’s at the mall, it’s at The Alley for cheaper. They had a whole store of just $5 fanny packs!!! I know where I’m doing my Christmas shopping!
I found it very family-friendly. Each store had a toy display right at kid-level. The streets are small and car-free so I felt comfortable with my child walking along beside me instead of confining him to the stroller. The whole outing only cost us USD $18 ($7 for parking, $5 new fanny pack for me, $5 toy for him). I found $7 all day parking at 1116 Santee St, Los Angeles CA. #getglobetrottingla
Had such a peaceful afternoon yesterday getting our Christmas tree and putting up our lights. One advantage to a tiny house: it’s easy to decorate! We’ve bought an ornament as a souvenir for every trip we’ve taken together as a family. I love reminiscing on each trip as we decorate. When it was time for bed, our toddler unplugged the Christmas tree, said “night night Christmas,” then began pulling off all the ornaments. I guess we have some Christmas teaching to do.
Alex and I are having a ton of fun brainstorming service ideas for #lighttheworld this month. I’ll be posting them to my stories every Sunday night. Some of the ideas we came up with involve serving some of YOU so watch for that! If you can think of any easy service ideas, please comment them below and I’ll add them to the lists we have going. Also open to suggestions of holiday activities to do in the LA area! #getglobetrottinglighttheworld
Had a ton of fun participating in #internationaldayofservice with The California State Parks Foundation. We found them through @just_serve . The project was well organized with free lunch at the end. Alex dug the holes and our toddler went around and undid his work by filling them in. As an added bonus, we found out about Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. We will definitely be visiting again because it was beautiful there. #getglobetrottinglighttheworld #getglobetrottingla
The Bay Area is a special place for our family because not only is it my hometown, but it’s where Alex and I met, dated, and got married. We went on our first date to Rock City. Apparently I pretended to be a velociraptor when we got to a section labeled “The Land Before Time.” I have no memory of that so I’m pretty sure he made it up. I think I would have a little more decorum on a first date at the risk of not landing a second date, but who knows. We also took our engagement pictures here (swipe to see us as babies)!
Rock City is located in Mount Diablo high above the East Bay Area. My dad calls it “our own private Yosemite.” There are a ton of caves to crawl in and hiking with great views. We went here after being cooped up inside due to smoke from the California Fires for 6 days and we were so grateful for the clean air! To get here, drive past The Athenian school and wind your way up Mount Diablo until you see the signs for Rock City. The gate fee is $10 cash, so have that ready! #getglobetrottingsfbayarea
Hi travel friends! Anyone find this time of the year challenging with all the materialism pushed on us and our kids? I’m determined to make this year different by participating in the Light the World Service Campaign. I’m hoping for my child to associate Christmas with giving and to build meaningful holiday traditions as a family.
Here’s how it works: every week in December our family will pick one act of service to do together. These acts can be big or small, performed in the home or outside of it. We will begin with an International Day of Service this Saturday Dec 1st and so far there are over 30k signed up to serve with us around the world! We found our project on the JustServe app which shows lists of service opportunities organized by zip code.
This campaign is organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However spreading peace and goodwill does not belong to any one religion! So please join us no matter what you believe or how you celebrate. I’ll be posting simple service ideas in my stories all month to get your creativity flowing. If you’re in the LA area, DM me and maybe we can do one of the service acts together! Tag me and use and #lighttheworld for a chance to be featured.