Then I put together our evening program around the reading of the Christmas story. We took turns reading and then stopped to sing Christmas carols in between the readings. It was probably my favorite part of the night.
After that the mayhem ensued as the munchkins opened up their presents.
However, I want to remember that the best part of the evening was listening to my family sing Silent Night around me, as I was playing the piano.
I wish you and your family a very beautiful Christmas. I leave you with these very poignant words:
Christmas is not a day or a season, but a condition of heart and mind.
If we love our neighbors as ourselves;
if in our riches we are poor in spirit and in our poverty we are rich in grace;
if our charity vaunteth not itself, but suffereth long and is kind;
if when our brother asks for a loaf, we give ourselves instead;if each day dawns in opportunity and sets in achievement, however small—
then every day is Christ’s day and Christmas is always near.
In Charles L. Wallis, ed., Words of Life (1966), 33