December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

This year is a first for us because we stayed home on Christmas Eve and didn't visit any extended family. While we certainly missed seeing family and it was an adjustment to be on our own, it was nice to have a relaxing day to ourselves and I know it will be nice to be in our own home on Christmas morning.

We had a low key day and then went to the family service at church this afternoon. On the way in to church Lila yelled, "Daddy, hurry up! We're going to a birthday party for Jesus!". And they did, in fact, have the kids sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and had a birthday cake. Lila loved it! Cara slept through church and Lila was very well behaved. Ian sang one song with the middle schoolers and did a great job.

After church we had dinner and everyone got to open one present--new pjs to wear tonight. Unfortunately, Cara took a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time to go down tonight so our evening was not quite as cozy and relaxing as I'd hoped. But...

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born
Merry Christmas everyone!

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