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 J 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. L decided she wanted to be part of the Nativity when she saw costumes.

Ready to shine

L and J ran around a bit. Then L 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 L came back at 4:40 to wait for the kids to come in. The performance was quite nice, though not as great as J'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. J 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.

J opens one...

L with her gift from J

Merry Christmas to all!

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