I made a ham dinner, all by myself. The tradition of several generations before me took over, and we had ham (spiked beautifully with pineapples and cherries), potatoes, rolls, corn (from our garden), and spiced apples and black olives. The children thought it a feast...tablecloth, cloth napkins, and even some alcohol-removed wine for them!

Oh, the anticipation!

A dark season lit by the beauty of these precious faces, their joy and deep connection to the Chirst child. Tomorrow, dress rehearsal for our little family pageant (the debut of the Thul Family Players).  These months have been full of moments of rediscovered. Of letting things be. Watching them develop. Our gift opening as a family was so sweet. Christ has us adrift by some magic with these souls we love most.