Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve/Heiligabend

We wish everybody a wonderful and blessed Christmas.  We opened our presents yesterday afternoon after lighting the candles (yes, those are real candles) on the tree, reading the Gospel, and singing a few Christmas songs.  Each child received one wish from their wish lists (they are allowed to list three things), plus some other gifts in addition.  After a light supper we headed for church to participate in the children's program.  Jonathan was a shepherd, and Charlotte and Miriam were angels.  We even had a live sheep (a dressed-up dog).  The program ended with Jonathan, Charlotte, and Miriam singing "O Come, All Ye Faithful" in front of the church.  Afterwards we stayed for "Midnight" Mass (which, fortunately, ended well before midnight).

Wir wünschen allen ein frohes und gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest. Unser Baum hat echte Kerzen, was in Amerika kaum vorkommt, und bei Kerzenschein haben wir das Weihnachtsevangelium gelesen und Weihnachtslieder gesungen. Dann durfte man die Geschenke aufmachen. Jedes Kind hat ein Geschenk von seinem Wunschzettel bekommen (sie dürfen drei Wünsche aufführen) und dazu noch andere Gaben. Nach einem schnellen Abendbrot ging es in die Kirche zum Krippenspiel, bei dem Jonathan ein Hirte und Charlotte und Miriam Engel waren. Es gab sogar ein echtes Schaf (ein verkleideter Hund). Zum Abschluß haben alle drei Kinder "O Come, All Ye Faithful" ("Herbei, o ihr Gläubigen") vorgesungen.  Anschließend fand die Christmette statt.

What I had wished for!/Was ich mir gewünscht habe!

Trying out a new threading toy/Ausprobieren eines neuen Auffädelspieles

Surprise! Überraschung!

What beautiful candles!/Was für schöne Kerzen!

Candle on our tree/Kerze am Baum

Look, what I got, Mama!/Guck mal, Mama, was ich bekommen habe!


The "sheep"/Das "Schaf"

The Three Wise Men/Die drei heiligen Könige

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  1. Happy Christmas Eva!

    Such lovely photographs, especially the one capturing Jonathan's surprised expression.

    I admire you for placing real candles on the tree, it does however look truly beautiful.

    Many blessings to you and your family this Christmastide, San and all xxx

  2. what a very special evening, eva. merry, merry christmas to you, your husband, and your beautiful children.

  3. Hello San, do people in England use real candles at all? I know Americans don't, but many Germans do.

  4. So schöne Bilder eines schönen Festes! Danke, dass du sie mit uns teilst! S musste über den als Schaf verkleideten Hund sehr lachen und fand ihn total süss :)

  5. Most folks over here tend to use small bulb lights, some flash and others have been known to play music, heaven forbid! We have small coloured bulb lights on our tree, that promptly went out when we had a power outage earlier this evening!! The whole house was plunged into darkness but thankfully I remembered where the candles were! As they say better to light a candle than curse the darkness!!

    Blessings San x

  6. My husband grew up with colored light bulbs, his family doesn't like the plain ones so much. It was a big step for him to accept real candles! I was so excited when I found a store here that sold candleholders for a Christams tree. I guess there are some other people that use them.:)

    Did you have a power outage because of the snow? We tend to get them too.

  7. Not the snow... maybe the grid couldn't cope with all the flashing lights and electronic game consoles!!
    San x


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