Have you about given up on hearing from Liberty? We’ve been doing what everyone else in the western world has been doing for the last few weeks–Christmas shopping! And now we can say that we were successful, and we hope everyone else had as merry a Christmas as we have had.
Christmas eve services were not a part of my childhood. It wasn’t until we lived in Tonkawa, OK 30 years ago that we attended our first one. We’ve been in a number of different churches and each one does that service differently. At Northridge, our home church for the last 20 years, the service is always exactly the same, with the occasional change of actors or singers. It always ends with candles lighting the sanctuary to signify that Christ, the Light, has come into the world. In many other churches, communion is a part of that service. Each can be a meaningful part of our Christmas celebration but music is the constant of our experience, since the carols of Christmas are pretty much the same from church to church.
Last evening, we attended the Christmas eve service at Sedgwick Christian Church and Ben, Bailey and Jadelyn sang in the children’s choir. Children’s voices can be so pure and sweet and we enjoyed hearing them sing.
For the first time in just about forever, we did not have chili for Christmas eve dinner. I grew up eating chili soup and oyster stew on Christmas eve and after LeRoy and I got married, he changed that to chili in which a spoon would stand alone, not the soup I had at home. Since neither of us particularly likes oysters, we discarded that part of the tradition. This year, since our grandchildren tolerate chili but don’t really enjoy it much, we started something new. We had mashed potatoes with homemade chicken and noodles. It was a nice change.
Santa was very nice to me this year. He brought me a Magic Bullet (as seen on TV) and I’m anxious to give it a try. Maybe smoothies to ring in the New Year?
Last Sunday while we were in Sedgwick, we had a picture taken of us with Heidi and 4 of our grandchildren. You’ll recognize LeRoy and I as the grey/white haired ones. Heidi is on the right next to her daughter Katrina, who was visiting from Oklahoma. Ben and Bailey are on the next row with Jadelyn in the front. She’ll look different next year. Her top teeth are just beginning to peek through the gums.
May you all have a blessed Christmas season and a terrific year in 2011.