Friday, December 28, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas



"Morning Star, my soul's true light, tarry not, dispel my night.

Jesus mine, in me shine; in me shine, Jesus mine;

Fill my heart with light divine."




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Holding little Piper at the Love Feast on Christmas Eve at the Moravian Church in Old Salem. When I was growing up we went to a Moravian Church and some of my favorite Christmas memories include the Christmas Eve service. 

I love the songs and the candles and the celebration of Jesus' birth. 



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We went to my parents for Christmas Eve dinner. Ela patiently waits. 



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A Christmas Eve feast.



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The tree and mantel where we put out cookies and milk on so many Christmases past.




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Our house Christmas morning. 

After breakfast at Witt's parents we came home to mimosas and our stockings.



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 I love these little salt and pepper shakers Witt put in mine.



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Afterwards we watched Christmas in Connecticut, one of my favorite Christmas movies.



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A cherished tradition that goes back a long way to my grandfather's father is to make oyster stew on Christmas morning. Growing up I thought this was totally normal. And my favorite meal of the year. 

For the first time, Witt and I made it ourselves. I missed seeing my Dad standing over the stove adding pepper and tasting, pepper and tasting. But it was fun to carry on the tradition with Witt. I felt like maybe I wasn't quite grown up enough to have the honor of making it for Christmas Morning. But I think we got it almost perfect. 


We had a beautiful Christmas dinner at the Davises that evening. 


An annual Davis Christmas picture

This was the first Christmas morning we spent with Witt's parents. I enjoyed experiencing his family's traditions. I feel lucky to have gotten so much Christmas this year with so much family. 


I hope your Christmas was filled with peace and joy!

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