The Blessing of Christmas Eve

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas.  I cannot believe it is finally here.

Advent is nearly finished and all of the work is done — well almost.  Still things to do, but we are nearly finished!

Christmas Eve is a blessing as it is the day we celebrate the night before Christmas and the anticipation of what is to come on Christmas morning. Christmas morning is so full of fun and excitement.

I remember as I child growing up that we always had dinner with the family on Christmas Eve, then went to church for a wonderful service, and then came back home for dessert and the chance to open one gift.  It was a fun evening and a taste of what was coming.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate with Kirk’s family and then get home in time for Ian to put cookies out for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer.  And, he is excited that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday.  He is so into Christmas this year and it is fun to see.

May you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas too.  Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Here is a prayer that my in-laws sent us in our Christmas card. It is a prayer for peace by St. Francis of Assisi.  It is lovely and includes so many things for us to remember.

  • GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERALord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.
  • Where there is hatred, let me sow love
  • Where there is injury, pardon;
  • Where there is doubt, faith;
  • Where there is despair, hope;
  • Where there is darkness, light;
  • Where there is sadness, joy.
  • O Divine Master, grant that I may seek
  • Not so much to be consoled as to console;
  • To be understood as to understand;
  • To be loved as to love.
  • For it is in giving that we receive;
  • It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
  • And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
  • Amen.

May you have a blessed, wonderful, and peaceful Christmas Eve!!!

The Blessing of Being Lazy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have had a lazy weekend at home and it’s been great!  It is exactly what we have needed so it is our true blessing of being lazy.

For the past few weeks, we have all been fighting coughs, headaches and sinus drainage.  Not at all fun.  It seems to be taking forever to get over this crud.  Lazy time is great and just the ticket.

Friday night we vegged out after getting Ian from school, Saturday we watched some Christmas movies, did a little bit of work around the house, read our library books, Ian played a lot, and we ate dinner from the crock pot.  The pork chops cooked for about 6 hours, and we also had green beans and mashed potatoes. Delicious.

Today was church and then lunch at home, and another lazy afternoon of more Christmas movies, preparing lists, and deciding on info for the Christmas card, and more reading.  And, some time for exercise and a nap on the couch.

I have to say that this will be the only weekend this month devoted to laziness and being at home.  The rest of the time we will be busy with activities and spending time with family and friends.  I have loved each minute of our laziness.

Tomorrow is back to school and work and our normal routine.  And we have a cub scout outing tomorrow night.  We are ready and rested and for that I am truly thankful and blessed!

Today I am thankful for:

  • Hugs and lots of cuddles
  • Praying before a meal with my guys
  • Spending Saturday in our pajamas
  • Making lists and checking them twice
  • Cooking breakfast and watching our favorite shows on a lazy Saturday morning
  • Working on our Christmas card
  • Christmas movies
  • Popcorn and hot chocolate
  • Christmas music at church
  • Lighting another candle on the advent wreath
  • Christmas tree lights
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Naps on the couch
  • Warm blankets
  • Plenty of drinks

I wonder if I will have time to rest as this busy month continues?  I hope we can but doubt there will be much time as there has been this weekend.