Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tale of Two Christmas Eves

It was the most secular of Christmas Eves ...

Lunch out at the Onion (with Aunt Bekah and Grandma):

Movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (good if you're a kid, watchable if you're an adult):

It was the most sacred of Christmas Eves...
Bethlehem dinner (fish, lamb, pitas, olives, spinach salad)

The Awesome Nativity play (let me introduce the players:)







The girl who got to be breech-birthing Mary (Jane)







Narrator and baby (Uncle Kevin and Court-eh-nee)









The "No room for costumes" Inn keeper (Cousin Mallory)







A Royal, growling jaguar and a brown-fur covered camel making up the manger animal menagerie (Seth and Cousin Adrienne)











The appreciative audience (Grandma Dorrie, Bekah and moi)







The Shepherds, sore amazed (Cousin Austin and Gabe)
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Heavenly Angel (Cousin Elise)
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A Wise Woman (Emma)
Birthday Cake for Jesus:











and...
Very holy pajamas:

We had only the best of times!
(And no matter WHAT I do, I cannot get this to look right and now I'm really really irritated at the Blogger word processor!)

20 comments:

Ilene said...

Love Christmas pjs. I love even more the fact that my mom makes my boys' Christmas pjs for me. Don't know what's going to happen if she ever quits that job.

Tammy said...

Looks like a busy and fun X-mas Eve, complete with the movie....just like I always remember your family doing!!! I love the holy meal, hilarious!!! Merry christmas!

Paige said...

So FUN! I didn't force any of the heathens I was with to do the pageant. I love the narration and all the pics. And any picture of you shoving food into your mouth confirms that we are true sisters of the gut.

At my mom's house we DID do a happy birthday Jesus cake. I thought we were the only ones so sacrilegious. Ours was shaped like a C-mas tree, and decorated with skittles.

J'net said...

Did anyone eat the food OR just wait for the birthday cake? I smiled when you said the comment about the food at OUR house, NOW Costco helps with MOST of my parties. Those other meals are DAYS GONE BY!
They were fun tho. Amazing how much your little ones look like you and Matchew when you were younger... So the PJ tradition is still in tact, great idea to carry on. Say hi and hug your mom for me!
Luv, Aunt J'net

Penny said...

Love the pj's! Fun Christmas Eve! It's sure nice to have family here huh? And I guess we got our "white Christmas" after all, even if it wasn't until 9pm.

Lauren said...

Oh, I thorougly enjoyed this post! I am guessing that Aunt Bekah is your sister because you both have those beautiful eyes and smiles. Such a splendid dramatization! You could see the "sore amazement" on the shepherd's faces! That breech birth must have been harrowing...ouch!

Lauren said...

I just want you to know that I completely agree, that posting pictures on blogger can drive you slowly into madness.

HILLARY said...

I think it looks great. I can't figure out how to add more than 1 pic in a row! Looks like you had a fun! Christmas eve!

rachel said...

wow it looks like you had such a great time. i love your festive dinnner (i may have to steal that idea)you are full of great ideas

gab said...

Merry Christmas! I agree you look just like your sister.

Kristin said...

Love the birthday cake idea, any reason to have cake is a good reason in my book.

Heidiram said...

Hey! I got my package yesterday. THANKS! I am so happy to have something new to listen to. I will do my post tomorrow. I am going to re-enact the whole going to the mailbox, etc.

Lisa-Marie said...

Welcome to Bethlehem. Those signs are priceless. I LOVE the idea of a Bethlehem dinner. And cake...

Audra said...

Hey! Thanks for the awesome Christmas card - love the pictures! But I had to smile when I read your blog that you will NEVER do homemade cards again. I feel that way too. But oh, you make such cute ones, why stop? Your family is so beautiful, by the way. I am glad I finally got your blog address and can check the lates news for your fam.

(Your mother-in-law sent me an email with the blogs of her children, but somehow that email got deleted. And we still haven't printed the family address spreadsheet. But anyway, happy to get your blog address!)

Annie said...

What a fun Christmas Eve. This was the first year I couldn't get my kids to dress up for the Christmas story :( so I'll have to live vicariously.
We still do Christmas jammies though!

andrea said...

are you loving being buried under this snow during school break? "no kids, five hours of sledding isn't enough. go back outside. mommy will call you in when it's time."

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

you're so on the ball with your christmas post! And you and your sister are both gorgeous girls with pretty blue eyes. NO FAIR! I always thought that was the perfect combo: brown hair and blue eyes and I wanted my children to have it. Oh well.

The shot of you eating is priceless. Now I know I really like you.

Celia Fae said...

The breech birth is killing me. I need a closeup. How come I never though of putting a dolly under my shirt for Jesus? Brilliant.

Meghann said...

I've read a few Rosamund Pilcher books and I enjoyed them. It's not "edge-of-your-seat" thriller by any means- just nice, lovely, pretty books.
As for The Fun Game, thank-you for letting us play it MY way Jessica. I know it was hard, but hopefully you enjoyed yourself in the end. :)
My favorite cookie this year were your chocolate peanut butter cup cookies. YUMMM!!! We all fought over them- including Adam!!!
Have I already told you how much I enjoy reading your blog? It's seriously my comic relief for the day. Thankyou.

Bridget said...

I love that idea of a holy meal on Christmas Eve. I think I will start that as a tradition next year. Thanks for the tip.