I had this lovely post all planned, with tons of shots of my frequently-mentioned nativity set.
Obviously, this is not that post.
Why? Because it’s… oh, good grief! It’s 3:14 am on Christmas morning. The kids were wonderful at midnight mass (one hour of waiting (because if you aren’t there early, you won’t be sitting), half an hour of choir concert, one hour of mass). And then they were hyper afterwards, so we let them watch the Gospel choir on the Glenn Beck Christmas special (like that was going to make them sleepy!). And then they all had to be tucked in. And I had to re-load the dishwasher for the third time today. And load Christmas stockings.
Before mass, when I was theoretically going to have time to finish my planned post, I made a Christmas stocking for Crash, loaded the dishwasher, cleaned up dinner, folded cloth diapers, started cinnamon rolls for tomorrow morning, and conducted a bonfire, complete with catechesis on the theme “Jesus as the Light of the world”. Of course, then I smelled like smoke, so a shower before mass was not optional.
Thus, no long post.
I’m having a lovely Christmas, but I really ought to be asleep, so I’ll be brief. This shot is from my nativity set. I made the little fire: battery-operated fake tea light, surrounded by salt dough bricks, topped off by carefully arranged twigs to hide some of the view of the plastic flame. It even flickers. And the tea light isn’t glued in; it just fits into the arrangement, so it’s easy to swap them out when the battery dies. They’re in the stable, which, as is traditional and historical, is a cave. More photos and how-to ideas in a day or two.
I pray you are all having a wonderful, fun, relaxing, prayerful Christmas. God bless!