Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Mass 2012

This year we went to the Christmas Vigil Mass. For the past few weeks, we've been staying around after Mass so Jacob could practice for the Nativity. The Vigil was at 5 p.m. and we came to church at 4 for a rehearsal. Mostly the rehearsal was just getting costumes on. Lucy decided she wanted to be part of the Nativity when she saw costumes.

Ready to shine

Lucy and Jacob ran around a bit. Then Lucy had her fill and decided she didn't want to be in the play anyway.

A farewell hug

A farewell performance

Ready to play

Meanwhile, I was in church holding seats. Mommy and Lucy came back at 4:40 to wait for the kids to come in. The performance was quite nice, though not as great as Jacob's school nativity, but that will be a post later this week. The songs here were a bit too much like show tunes. I guess my taste is just old fashioned.

The sermon was definitely focused on the children and had a great message about the importance of giving and love. I wish it had a little more for the parents. At one point, father had a present and he asked some of the children to guess what was in it. Jacob was a little dumbfounded at first, but then he guessed, "Frankincense?" Which got a good laugh.

Amazingly, Mass only ran a bit after 6 p.m., so bedtime was hardly delayed, even though we did have dinner and one present opened by each child, since they were so good all day.

Jacob opens one...

Lucy with her gift from Jacob

Merry Christmas to all!

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