We were going to my sister's for Christmas. She lives 2 hours away, so we stay overnight. I had planned to leave at 2 p.m., but you know how things are. One more thing to do, and then another before we can get going. So we ended up leaving at 4:30 p.m. That put us driving in the dark. I don't like to drive on those back country unlit roads in the dark. Everything looks different and I lose my bearings of where I am. But God was good and got us there safely.
We had a wonderful chicken dinner and I was able to eat a lot of it. It was so good I'm afraid I overdid it a bit and my stomach hurt. But I kept it down and that's a good thing.
We always have Christmas crackers on Christmas Eve. Crackers are decorated cardboard tubes that snap loudly when the ends are pulled. Inside is a paper crown (which you have to wear through dinner), a joke, and a toy. I got a purple butterfly barrette. Joe got a pirate eyepatch. I forget what Elaine got. Here's my joke: Q. What does the word minimum mean? A. A very small mother. (groan) I had pictures of us in our crowns, but they all turned out bad, so I got rid of them. Just trust me, we wore them.
Elaine's church had a Christmas Eve service starting at 11 p.m. and lasting till midnight. Since we got up there so late we had missed the 7 p.m. service, so we went to the late one. It was really nice. The best part is at the end when everyone makes a circle around the church, all the lights go out, and everyone has a lit candle. We all sing "Silent Night" and wish each other a merry Christmas.
So then it was home to bed and a very deep sleep until morning.
|The table with our Christmas Crackers|
|Cody hoping Joe will slip him a treat from the table.|
|My sister's beautiful Lenox nativity|
|Joe got the Pirate Eyepatch in his cracker, but I stole, I mean borrowed, it.|