We had our last 'Christmas' dinner on Saturday evening...a full-blown sit-down meal of turkey and trimmings for 24 of us at my sister's place. It's always good to have all four generations together under one roof...and a chance to visit with nieces and nephews that we don't see too often. And the snow fell throughout the evening...it even felt like Christmas!
And after the dinner was cleared away...there was that thermos once again! Is Lisa now into after dinner specialty drinks as well? Come back tomorrow...and I'll tell you why that particular thermos and sippy cup keep showing up.
Because of heavy snowfalls, many events which had been scheduled before Christmas were cancelled. Our Christmas Eve service was one of those 'snowed-out' events...and I was so sorry to miss a program that the kids had spent a lot of time preparing. Well, all was not lost...we had our Christmas Eve service in church yesterday morning. And it was wonderful!
The children in their Christmas finery, sang their hearts out...while a video portrayal of the Christmas story was playing. It seems Bethlehem's stable on the big screen closely resembled the hay barn on our farm...and the shepherds sat around the same firepit where I have roasted wieners on may occasions. Pastor Ron reminded us that Christmas may be behind us...but the Presence of Christmas goes with us into the new year. This indescribable Gift is ours...let us not leave the Christ of Christmas behind as we go on with our lives.
Today is a new day...and I am officially leaving 2008 behind and starting the new year! Robert Duncan's Simple Things 2009 calendar is up on the wall...it's back to school for the kids...and the Christmas decorations are coming down. After a whirlwind weekend of Christmas activities...I'm ready to move into the new year and whatever it may have in store for me.
We ended the service as we always do on Christmas Eve...we sang 'Silent Night' in a darkened sanctuary...by candlelight. And when we were done, we sang it once more with no instruments...just hundreds of voices singing in harmony. And when the music ended there was a beautiful silence in that place...and we knew we had come to worship. We can celebrate Christmas any day of the year...and celebrate it well!
Edited to add...
I guess the snow was more than the school system could handle this morning! There is no school today...and maybe the Christmas decor should stay up one more day as well.