All Is Calm, All Is Bright

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my favorite Christmas songs is Silent Night. To me, it is the perfect song for Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child, holy
Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.
Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from
Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.
May you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

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!!!