We have had such a good Christmas. On Christmas Eve we had a lessons-and-carols service at church: it was very simple and beautiful, with candle-lighting. There was a pianist, violinist, and guitarist, and I helped lead the carols. All the Scripture readers were young people; Allison was one of them and did a great job.
After church we came home and had a "picnic" supper in the living room: garlic bread, cheese and crackers, fruit, and sweets. Then Jonathan went to bed, but Allison stayed up with me and Richard and we watched the first half of "It's a Wonderful Life." For the past several years Rich and I have watched this movie together on Christmas Eve and opened our gifts to one another, but now that Allison is older we need to adjust our traditions somewhat. We opted to watch the movie over two nights so we wouldn't be up too late!
Christmas morning was picture-perfect: a soft blanket of fresh snow, and bright sunshine. Jonathan was thrilled with a new puzzle and a "Super Why" DVD; Allison was thrilled with her new laptop and spent most of the day using it. Richard gave me 2 tickets to hear the "Canadian Tenors" here in Kingston in late February -- just what I wanted! :-)
While I prepared our Christmas meal, Richard and Jonathan went to Rideau School to do yellow-blue-red; some things just have to happen, holiday or no holiday!
Richard's mom arrived around 1 p.m. and we had a nice meal together, topped off with cake for Jesus' birthday. Jonathan thinks any special meal should involve cake and candles, so we've made this a part of our family's tradition, too.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out, reading, listening to Christmas music, etc. In the evening Allison and I went for a walk to see the Christmas lights; then we came home and had another casual supper; then we watched the rest of "It's a Wonderful Life." Such a great movie! When Harry Bailey raises a glass and says, "A toast to my big brother George, the richest man in town," it's such a touching moment. This Christmas we felt rich and blessed too: our Christmas was simple in many ways but we were healthy and happy and could really enjoy it.