- The house is clean and tidy and festive!
- the tree is trimmed
- the presents are wrapped
- the seafood chowder is simmering, the rolls are in the basket, the meatballs and chicken wings are in the slow cookers. The hot taco dip and cream cheese and bruchetta on baguette are both ready for the oven. Don’t forget the veggie tray! The sweet tray is arranged.
- the candles are ready to be lit
Everything is under control. Santa is not the only making a list and checking it twice!
All my children are home – the first time in 2 years! My oldest son, Andrew, arrived today with his fiancé – safe and sound – although her luggage hasn’t made it yet. We’re hoping it will arrive soon.
This evening we will gather in our church for our Christmas Eve candlelight service. It will be packed because everyone loves to come home to the Island for Christmas. We’ll light the Christ candle, listen to the familiar readings and sing the carols that will echo around the world, celebrating the birth of our Saviour.
Afterwards, family and friends will gather here for the chowder and munchies. There will be a lot of talking, laughter and stories. And music!! We have 4 guitars, 2 pianos, a banjo, a mandolin, a harp and several penny whistles – a house filled with harmony – all the voices of my husband, our children and our friends blending together – my very favourite part of our gatherings.
Tomorrow we will open our stockings (traditions rule here) and then have brunch. Later we will open the presents under the tree. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings will follow in the evening. On Boxing Day we will head up to Nan and Gramp’s for the MacPhee clan gathering – another turkey dinner – this time for 35!
I wish each of you a blessed Christmas filled with the joy and peace that comes from knowing Him. He is the best reason of all to celebrate!
Merry Christmas with much love!