Thursday, December 24, 2009

Silent Night, Holy Night... Mostly

I'm starting with this picture because it's sweet and it
captures the spirit of Christmas Eve.
It was the silent and holy part of our night.


Our other traditions are not quite so silent.
We began our evening with our knock-and-run Secret Santa project
and then moved onto the traditional Christmas Eve big sandwich.


Bruder now rivals his father in the making of a sandwich
almost too large to fit in a human mouth.


After dinner we donned our nativity costumes.
Bruder decreed that all the world should be taxed.


Cholita, our shepherd, looked sore afraid as our angel, Rose,
proclaimed good tidings of great joy.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

It was the most important, most holy part of our Christmas Eve celebration.


And then came the jammies. Everyone needs a sleep tutu.
At least Cholita thinks so.


And then onto another tradition--the Christmas Eve jammie pyramid.
Hey, you have your traditions, we have ours.
The first three looked pretty stable.
And then it was time to add the littlest.


It went well....briefly.


And then it all....


fell.....


apart.

But there were no serious injuries and everyone snuggled up to watch
"It's a Wonderful Life" and we agreed that it is a wonderful life.

It was a perfect silent night....even if it wasn't perfectly silent.

6 comments:

Terynn said...

Sounds (and looks) perfect to me.

"For unto us, a Son is born...".

Rejoicing!!

Jen Bay said...

It looks so great. I wish I had all the nativity costumes... what a great tradition.

Kelly said...

Super! Merry Christmas Eileen. I think we need to adopt the sandwich tradition. I think that every year actually.

Chelsea said...

That looks like everyone had a great time!

Tammy Beck said...

Sarah received the same tutu pajamas! However, she vehemently protested to wearing the pants with the tutu! It's fun to see you carrying on the same Beck traditions that we like to do. But where is the pinata???

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, I have missed some really great posts and photos! I started today with your latest January post (Cho-a-lina Ballerina...aw.aw.AWWW!) and worked my way all the way back here. How could it have been this long since I last checked in?

Eileen, I think it's the coolest thing ever that Bruder makes his Christmas gifts! What an awesome guy!

And your Christmas traditions look like such fun! I particularly love how you all dress the parts and act out the Nativity scene. I have been wondering since I was a little girl exactly what "sore" afraid means...today is the day I am going to look it up once and for all as soon as I finish typing this message. But Cholita definitely looks "sore afraid" in the manner I would imagine!

Hoping all the Scravings family is off to the great start of a very happy new year!