Christmas traditions were ringing with feasting and song.
That's the poetic way of saying that we had dinner and a devotional (with the one-and-only Heather, auntie extraordinaire).
|Everyone before dinner.|
|This year's dinner was pork roast, mashed potatoes, and green beans.|
|And a Jell-o-y homage to the Mexican flag, apparently.|
|Cam and his crown.|
As the candy pig is passed around the dinner table, each person uses the hammer to break a piece off, and then shares a bit of good fortune from the year just passed, with hopes of good luck and prosperity for the new year ahead.
|Heather read the tradition to us and took the first pound of the mallet.|
|Mary said that seeing everyone at Thanksgiving was a good thing that happened this year.|
|Cameron said that he made a lot of new friends.|
The reason I write things down is because when I'm put on the spot I can hardly put my brain in gear. I know I have plenty of good fortune but I basically copied Mary's answer. Heather said, "I thought you would have mentioned going to Cambria's baptism" to which I enthusiastically replied, "Yes! That!" Oy. And a hundred other things.
|Harrison did an experiment with the sparkling cider bottle.|
After dinner we cleaned up a bit and had our candlelight devotional. This is a highlight of the entire Christmas season, for sure. Bryce always does such a good job of weaving scriptures and real life examples to really bring home the true meaning of Christmas.
|Everyone with lit candles.|
|Sharing the light. Check out Mary in her cape.|
|"Ye are the light of the world" Matthew 5:14|
At the end of the spiritual lesson we move on to our final Christmas Eve tradition: new pajamas and a new book. We are a family of readers and so the big kids usually race right up to their rooms to devour their new literature. We got Harrison a novel called "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio, which was daunting to read on his own. Cameron got two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books which was at the top of his wish list. Aunt Heather was a gem to read the books to both boys all week.
|Not Christmas Eve, but I forgot to take a "new pjs" photo.|
|Heather reading to Cam.|