All is calm, all is bright
On Christmas Eve, the snow was very gently falling,
and all was truly so very calm, and bright.
As a family, we head out for our annual family Christmas eve walk around the neighborhood, stopping to knock on doors, hand out Christmas cards and offer warm sentiments to all.
This year's family stroll was somehow even more incredibly special, peaceful, so tranquil too, than any other year living here, and many neighbors thanked us for our very brief doorstep visit. There was no intention to interrupt our neighbors this night, merely just a serendipitous chance for us to offer anticipated Christmas greetings, which were warmly received, hugs included. Loved it!
Midnight Mass is always a highlight for our family, even our grandbaby traveled in wonder in the glow of street lights, along the dark country roads.
One son graduated to senior acolyte this 2012 end of year, so honored to be serving on the altar this wondrous night.
And, more calm with much in the way of light.
Our Christmas trees offered plenty of loveliness in the wee morning hours after we arrived home again from mass; one was located on the main floor, one upstairs in the large rounded window overlooking the front yard, and two smaller ones (were on the front porch last year) graced either side of the front door entry, that is, until we moved them to the dining room for our family's Christmas dinner.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!