Christmas eve is a smorgasbourg of my family & JR’s family traditions.
My family traditions are to have a fine feast & a family rendering of the Nativity Play. My brother & his girls came for dinner and a play and although we were really short members of our play we still managed to pull it off somehow.
|L-R: mary (heavy with child, Joseph (in PINK!), shepherd/inkeeper/wiseman, angel/wiseman & in front our narrator/Harod|
|Abi girl likes to ham it up for the camera. She thinks it’s cute. Consensus disagrees with her.|
|he certain ain’t no angel|
JR’s family has a never ending buffet and mega gift opening.
|JoAnn & Jessia|
|John & sister Barb|
We did both this year and I am so tired.
We finished up with the traditional reading of ‘the night before Christmas’ read by our ‘reluctant’ daughter who I think secretly still enjoys this tradition….
and the leaving of milk and cookies for Santa.
|she does try to humor me. isn’t she a sweet girl!|
For me this time is precious. The quiet time right before Christmas when we gather as a family one last time. when we can feel the quiet of the night, contemplate the birth of Christ and anticipate the fun to come the next morning.