Ted and I had a great holiday! My mom joined us for the long holiday and we started the holiday off with a lovely Christmas “Eve Eve” service on Sunday. Cmas eve was our traditional celebration at Ted’s family, with many lip smacking foods and the glorious chaos of gift unwrapping by kids from 7-12 years old :) Christmas day we started slowly, visited with my brother and his girlfriend, then joined them at his girlfriend’s family home for a wonderful relaxed meal filled with interesting conversation!
Saturday, Ted’s mom treated our brother in law and family to “Lunch with Santa”. The twins are 8 years old now, and they are dancing maniacs! We had fun watching them enjoy themselves :)
That evening, Ted’s mom and dad met up with us and we went to a local performing arts center to watch “A Christmas Carol”. It was a beautiful old theater, and the performance was very well done.
Sunday, we went to church in the morning. I had a great smile on my face because we sang all Christmas Carols - with ALL the verses. I enjoy contemporary worship music, but there is just something special and powerful about the old hymns around the holidays! We visited with some folks after service, and then had breakfast at one of our favorite tiny little “cafes” in the area. Unless we are doing something right after service, we usually eat breakfast in this little place. Good basic food, with 1970’s prices :)
We hung out at the house with our Christmas tree, kitties and some “warm and fuzzy” Christmas movies, and then met a friend of ours and her son for a special viewing of “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” at the local movie theaters. This short movie is just the sweetest old classic. One of the first performances by the muppets of Jim Henson’s creation, it was done in a time when they were still using wires to move the arms and legs of the little characters. We just had so much fun!
Ended the weekend with dinner with our friend, and getting to know her son a little bit.