Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Joy!

It's what I love most about Christmas Day...
just being together...
feeling the Joy...
that is Christmas.

We have the tradition of "An evening in Bethlehem." We enjoy latkes, falafel, and pitas; fresh fruit, olives, and home-canned grape juice from my garden.

Then, a Nativity. 
Kylie is Mary.
Evylee is Joseph. That's what she wanted to be.
Lily is the angel.
Paisley is our itty-bitty shepherd.
And Ethan is.... alseep.
"Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt... bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus."
"... And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished 
that she should be delivered..."
"... And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, 
and laid him in a manger..."
"And there were in that same country shepherds abiding in the field..."
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them... And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy..."

"Away in a Manger...
No Crib for a Bed."
"Silent Night, Holy Night...
Sleep in heavenly peace."

Christmas Morning

Rise and Shine Everyone! 
It's 6:00 in the morning and we can't stay in bed a minute longer!
 Gotta pause on the stairs and sing a carol or two...

... and then it's time for Christmas morning surprises!
There's extra magic this year with grand-babies in the house.

Don't get me wrong...
Christmas isn't just for kids...
Christmas is for Grownups too!

There is something very special about having Christmas on the Sabbath. Audrey and I were looking forward to playing Music and the Spoken Word this morning; it would have held such meaning. But when all was said and done, I'm happy we prerecorded the broadcast on Thursday night instead enabling the 500 members of the choir and orchestra to be home enjoying the morning with our families.