December 26, 2006

Christmas Blessings

While I hate to see Advent come to an end, I do also love Christmas. Time with family and friends, gift giving, good food, song and prayer. Everything in abundance.

I went home to be with my family on Christmas Eve. We went to mass together, ate tacos, and played. All of my brothers and sisters are home from school, so it was the usual organized chaos. I am not exactly sure how it came about, but my dad dug out as many Christmas ties as he could find and we all wore one for the evening. Mom thought it might be a bit of a distraction at mass, but the singing tie didn't go off until the closing hymn, and at that point no one could hear it above "Joy to the World" so I didn't hear any complaints. Plus my dad always has enough candy canes in his inside coat pocket for all of the kids (and some of the adults) so the ties were just the beginning.

Our usual tradition is to open presents on Christmas morning. I remember years ago sneaking out of bed at 4:00 in the morning to get an early peak at the gifts Santa had brought. We would try to get a bit more sleep before dragging my parents out of bed around 6:30. This year we had to sick the dog on some of the siblings to get them to get up at 8:30. It is fun now to be able to take our time a little more and actually see some of the presents others are getting as they open them. Then for a big breakfast and time to enjoy our presents and each other.

One game that we played that was different than usual was living Clue. We each had a place, person, and weapon card and worked throughout the days to eliminate one another from the game. My brother Joey got me in the hallway with his toothbrush. My brother John was taken out on the back patio with a bottle of shampoo. I think there were four people still in the game when I left this afternoon. I wonder if I could get the game to work here in the motherhouse...?

The Novitiate Community here is celebrating Christmas together Thursday night with breakfast for supper, a few gifts, and prayer. A larger community retreat will take us up to New Years. And parties in the house will continue into January. I am glad Christmas is an ongoing celebration. Hopefully the spirit and light will take us long into the new year.



  1. Hello

    I was looking for ways that would help me get free traffic to my Blog. While I was searching on Blogger, I found your Blog. I know it does not have to do with getting traffic but I really enjoyed reading it, great job!!
    In fact I have my own Blog and I get a lot of free traffic from , If I were you I would submit this Blog to them so thousands of others can see it for free. Well, I will add your Blog to my favorites and I look forward to all the updates.


  2. Jessica,
    If you leave your blog address, I'd check it out.

  3. Sarah,
    I love the Christmas Tie idea....sounds like lot of fun. Continue to celebrate the arrival of the Lord every moment!
    Nancy in Atlanta

  4. Sarah,

    Loved your letter! I heard about the Heger Clue game. Sounds like a fun game. Probably brought back memories which is always the best part. Love and hope to see you Saturday at GM & GP's!

    Love you!
    Aunt Ellen

  5. Oh what a fun family time! What a gift you are to one another and yes we get to share in the gift....are we blessed or what to have Sarah with us....we will not let Sarah's sibs vote.

    Happy New Year.