This Christmas Eve Day I wish I could send each of you the beautiful day we are having here. The skies are a crisp, clear blue. There's a light breeze ruffling the bright red leaves of the Bradford pear trees that stand just behind our house. With temperatures in the mid-60's today and predicted lows in the mid-40's tonight we won't have a repeat of last year's once-in-a-lifetime snowfall, but we'll be able to trade the bright sunny day for a star-lit night and a comfortable gathering of family and friends around a lively fireplace.
Presents are wrapped and under the tree or packed in shopping bags for the trip to relatives and friends in a couple of hours. We're scheduled to make two worship services: one at Presby Tall Steeple Church in the Woods to see our oldest neice and her family in the Christmas pagent. I'm told we'll be dodging the live donkey and camel as we settle in to catch them in their roles of Wise Man and Angels. (Typecasting???)
Then its off to exchange presents with El Jefe's side of the family, followed by a late evening supper and present exchange with our neighbors. Then we'll make the candlelight service at our own Suburban Presby Church on the Plain. Tomorrow morning we're skipping the Sunday service on the theory that we attended church already that day as the candlelight service ends after midnight. Santa's presents will be opened to the strains of Messiah, followed by brunch and afternoon visiting with family and friends.
Our baking is done, the house ready for Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, Y'all !