Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Holiest Night

I suppose we all find our own traditions to be the best way to spend Christmas Eve.  Indeed I cannot fathom a better way than what we do...  but I would be deeply disappointed if you didn't feel the same way about what ever it is you do.

We always make a grand feast for Christmas Eve...  its usually a giant roast... 7 pounds or so...  that's cooked all the live long day.

See our chuch has a service at 6pm... and its just about everyone's favorite service of the year.    We call it the service of light.  At the end of the service the whole congregation... everyone from the 2 year olds to the 90 year olds.. have a candle.  all of them are lit...  and the lights in the santurary are turned off while we sing Silent Night.

After that... its home... to the feast...  Fried Okra... Roast Beast... Corn Casserole... Mashed Potatoes and Gravy...  glorious.  GLORIOUS!

And the family all shows up. 

And we open presents from the extended family...  so its a big celebration...  And the kids are all in their special PJ elf pajamas.  see..  PJ elves deliver special pajamas every year for Christmas eve which are made to help the kids sleep better that special night.

and then... when everyone is ready for bed... I read A Visit From Saint Nicholas to the family.

Then the kids all peacefully drift off to sleep

And the Chaos starts.  The glorious beloved Chaos.

That doesn't end until about 5pm on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas.   We are all blessed every one.  And I sincerely thank you for reading and commenting here.

You're the only reason I do it.

God Bless.


Flannel Avenger said...

Merry Christmas to y'all as well.

cheddarman said...

God bless us everyone

Anonymous said...

God Bless every one indeed.

From a loyal longtime lurker

Susan said...

God Bless you and yours Nate. You have your family around you, and that makes anything glorious.
You do yeoman's work all year, and it is much appreciated by all of us.

The elf pj's are a fantastic idea for parents of young and very curious kids.

You meal does indeed sound glorious. Does your brother JACIII come down from Kentucky for a good visit?

Nate said...

i wish we could get JAC down here... but its an awful long haul. We try to get together some time around this time of year though.

The main goal now is working on getting him to move down here with the rest of us.

daddynichol said...

Merry Christmas from Kansas, Nate.

Res Ipsa said...

Merry Christmas

Viidad said...

Merry Christmas. We're not close to family anymore, but the house is full of love and laughter. I remember gathering together at my grandparents' house for decades with at least 40 or so friends and family sharing a meal. Grandpa would read the Christmas story from Luke from the huge family Bible. Wonderful memories.

Blessings to you and yours.


WaterBoy said...

Merry Christmas, all. Best wishes to you and yours.