Again, Dickens Christmas Carol is a favorite of mine. We’ve covered Dickens Christmas Carol, A Christmas past… now here we are in Christmas Present.
DICKENS CHRISTMAS PRESENT:
At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up. The compound in the jug being tasted, and considered perfect, apples and oranges were put upon the table, and a shovel-full of chestnuts on the fire. Then all the Cratchit family drew round the hearth, in what Bob Cratchit called a circle, meaning half a one; and at Bob Cratchit’s elbow stood the family display of glass. Two tumblers, and a custard-cup without a handle.
These held the hot stuff from the jug, however, as well as golden goblets would have done; and Bob served it out with beaming looks, while the chestnuts on the fire sputtered and cracked noisily. Then Bob proposed:
“A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us.”
Which all the family re-echoed.
“God bless us every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
The Cratchit family enlightens us to what Christmas is all about… family. Even though they were without physical abundance, they celebrated what they had and rejoiced with their family.
On Saturday, we had our extended family Christmas party and it was loads of fun. We too rejoiced in having family together. Three of our families traveled 5 hours to join us… just to feel the energy of togetherness and share the spirit of the Christmas season.
I invite you to peek in and share in a little of our family celebration of Christmas Present.
We feasted on Mexican Food. Look at this mouth watering salsa my sister, Sheila, made. It was delicious.
No Christmas party is successful with out singing Christmas Carols. The kids were getting their music makers out so they could lead us in Jingle Bells.
Avary and Savannah belong to a singing group in Wyoming and shared a song they preformed on stage a few weeks ago.
Claire preformed a dance for us. Any talent is welcome at the family Christmas party. (By the way… she’s not had any lessons but really has all the movies down. Natural talent.)
Sicily, Avary, and Savannah…. interested spectators.
I guess texting is important too. It takes a lot more talent than I’ve got. I’d rather talk than punch letters.
Norah is one talented little gal. She has a very mature voice and sings right on key. She knows how to put it all into her performance.
Lu doesn’t miss a beat. She has a powerful little voice and knows every word of complicated songs. Such a treat.
“Enough is enough alright already!!” I’m ready for dessert and presents.
Can’t leave you on a bitter note. This is Beck and his mom, Katie. I have to say.. he’s not only darling… but really a great baby… that is… unless he’s pushed beyond his limits.
What can I say…. I love my family and extended family. I’m proud to be numbered among them.
P.S. Like the Cratchit family… we’ve had our disappointments and grief this year. We’ve lost several family members to death… one being as recent as August. We’re just hanging in there together and just grateful that we have each other… in the good times as well as the bad. May you have joy and rejoicing in your family too.