Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Yesterday, we watched the new Grinch as a family–popcorn and everything.

Today, we had such a wonderful Christmas Eve. Lots of rest and fun and tons of food–lamb enchiladas with “Christmas”–red as well as green chile–Jake’s favorite from New Mexico. That, too, was close to a fail, like the cookies, but any spice and Mexican or New Mexican food is a crowd pleaser around here.

   Then, midnight Mass with the community from Villa Sora, our older kids’ school.  It was supposed to start at 11:30 pm but actually started at midnight, and the energy was high and everyone was downright excited. My favorite part was the Salesian priest processing in with the baby Jesus for the creche. They are mad about creches here in Italy. And so the priests left the Mass, and Ron and I asked each other, “Where’d they go?” and then the came back in with the baby Jesus, I was so tickled. I love these people.
    Sebastian slept all the way through, even all the hugging and kissing–the Italian greeting–with our Villa Sora friends after Mass. What a night!