Merry Christmas!

A lovely Christmas tree...
A festive tale...A Christmas Eve Snow...
And a Christmas morning house call from a very real Santa Claus...

And lots of other stuff didn't make it onto the camera...

Our Christmas Eve family advent candlelighting; we brought one of our nativities to the table and Juliette played with it during the prayer. She knows all the characters by name.

Two Christmas pageant services for which I was primarily responsible; both went off beautifully, and worshipfully.

Seeing Juliette waving like crazy from across the sanctuary before the first service, trying to get my attention.

Drinking hot chocolate and reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in my pajamas after Juliette went to bed and before I headed back for the second of the two Lessons and Carols services. (To put it differently: spending the first of the two Lessons and Carols services at home in my pajamas. Ahhh.)

A truly breath-taking Lessons and Carols service. I'd been so focused on the pageant services, I hadn't really given the later service a whole lot of consideration beyond preparing for my parts. It was incredible.

Scraping snow from the car four times, back and forth from church. Definitely worth it for the White Christmas effect; we're heading over to the sledding hill soon.

Still to come: turkey and cranberry sauce and stuffing and mashed potatoes and a homemade Granny Smith pie.

Just the three of us, just right for this particular Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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