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I apologize for the poor quality of the photo. It was taken with my iPhone rather than with a good quality camera, because a good quality camera does not offer the convenience of an iPhone. Or fit in my back pocket. And also, since it was around 3:00am on Christmas morn, it’s probably a good thing that it isn’t too clear.
Christmas Eve day dawned foggy and cold. I awoke before the darkness lifted though, as I was in charge of the family lunch and the house was a mess from the previous day’s baking with my mom, sister, and husband. The kitchen was a nightmare, with pans piled on every surface!
I cooked and cleaned and washed and laundered and set the table, and before long everyone arrived, laden with goodies. We sat and ate and talked and laughed and ate and drank some more. The lunch stretched into the dinner hour. Noticing the lateness and marveling at how quickly time passes, we put a stop to all the fun and festivities and prepared ourselves for church. On Christmas Eve we always go to church.
And, oh how beautiful it was! The brass band blew away on their trombones, their tubas and their horns. The one hundred person choir performed O Holy Night and Handel’s Messiah, and it truly felt as though the angels of heaven descended on earth with their tidings of great joy. My spine was tingling and my hair stood on end, from the beauty of it all.
After church we hurried home and changed into comfortable clothing. It was time to make our rounds to the Christmas Eve parties already in session. We didn’t linger long for we wanted to be at the party where traditional carols and carolers would be. And so we went to my friend’s beautiful estate high up in the wooded hills. The food was amazing and in abundance. The company awesome! Even Santa paid a visit, handing out bonbons to the wide-eyed children. There we stayed caroling and listening to visiting carolers, eating, socializing, and telling stories until 4:30 Christmas morning.
The kids who had been playing with the other 20 or so children, fell asleep the moment we put them in the car. And we did too, just as soon as we brushed our teeth and tumbled in bed, 15 minutes later.
Christmas Day was quiet. We got up around noon, opened our presents, and had our breakfast. We read, watched movies and took long naps. The skies were beautiful and blue, sunshine streaming brightly, but we just ventured out for a little bit as the wind was quick and sharp. At night we read in front of the fire and fell asleep in a pile on the bed, the kids tucked in between us.
And so today, this second day of Christmas we celebrated some more, and tomorrow and the next we will too. The presents that most children would receive on just one day are spread out until the twelfth night (January 5th), the eve of Epiphany. On the 6th, on that Three King’s Day, we will have a special cake, wearing silver and gold (foil) crowns, searching in the richness of the cake for the King’s ring.
Then the season will conclude. Our hearts will be lighter, our spirits richer, our bodies probably fatter. But who cares? Lent isn’t too far off.