I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!
God is good, no matter what…
Christmas Day, which was quieter than those of the past few years, as our children with families were elsewhere:
I guess I was more intent on the timer and getting the dog out of my spot than on the settings that keep the photo from being blurry:
Not pictured: After the first round of presents, while the Chief and I were at Mass singing in the choir, the boys (actually, let’s be honest here, grown men with legit jobs and responsibilities, and nary an actual boy in sight), and Bridget I suppose, pulled out the (old) Legos and built incredibly intricate creations. Then they found the old Knights of Columbus ceremonial sword belonging to Grandpa back in the day (absolutely nothing to do with Christmas other than that I happened to have propped it in a corner in the room, by the piano, as one does) to liven up our subsequent unwrapping.
Do we look tired? Yes, yes we do.
Natasha sent these beautiful napkins, and Habou gave me the runner — both of which go so well in the dining room. (We did rectify the faulty fold of the napkins, which turned the beautiful monogram on its side. But did not take another picture.)
When I was thrifting for presents, I found these, which I had been coveting, to add to my enamel cup collection, so opportune for little children:
Then it was time for some cousin action, as Deirdre’s family and Rosie’s family made it to the Manse, in trickling fashion, as the days of Christmas marched on.
From the Introduction to John Saward’s Cradle of Redeeming Love:
In the liturgy of His Church, the eternal Word incarnate works wonders with the calendar. The things He accomplished in the past once and for all He brings into the present with all their vital force, so that the Church can in truth sing on every Christmas Day: ‘This day the King of Heaven has deigned to be born of a Virgin.’ Since Christ rose from the tomb, time has ceased merely to run away into death. ‘This is the Holy One’, says St. Bernard, ‘who is not suffered to see corruption, this is the New Man who can never become old, who brings into true newness of life those whose bones have all grown old.’…
The flesh that God took, He keeps, and the deeds He did in time live on. The Redeemer of man is the redeemer of time (cf Eph 5:16).