Bright and early . . . well, not bright, but dark and early, Chris took John and Mary to a 6:30 a.m. Rorate Mass in honor of our lady. These Masses lit solely by many candles are so beautiful!
Afterward, those three stayed at church doing the Advent cleaning of the church itself and the grounds, making everything beautiful and clean for celebrating the birth of Christ. (Meanwhile, I was at home doing all our meal planning for this major cooking week plus placing the grocery order online.)
Errands followed before coming home briefly before we headed out for a 6:30 p.m. Christmas music recital, which was really more in the style of an old-fashioned Christmas party in which everyone brought food to share and made music together, then the teachers and students exchanged gifts.
|Grampa Neil at the recital|
I suspect it has been about a year since I could attend the children's recitals, and tonight we took everyone! Margaret (4) behaved very well and I hope she was inspired (she was certainly envious) by the four- and five-year-olds who were allowed to be in the recital . . . maybe now she will be willing to practice and listen to her teacher? Joseph (almost 3) lasted long enough to hear his siblings play but then I took him and the baby-with-hiccups out onto the front porch for the remainder of the recital.
John performed "Angels We Have Heard on High" on piano, while Mary performed "Silent Night" on piano and "Jingle Bells" on violin.