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English: Nativity scene

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The joy of spending time with friends over the holidays is extra special. 

Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.  We went to a restaurant she had never been to before, the Red Robin, and then went walking after. 

 Last night was the traditional Christmas Eve celebration with the extended family of friends.  There are 9 adults, 4 teens, and 8 children.  The younger children get to open their stockings before we eat, then given their food first before the rest of us sit back and enjoy the easy dining of a fondue meal.  Once dinner is over, the children dress up for the Nativity scene as one of the men read the story.  This year Grandma and Grandpa got each other a video camera and were able to tape it, in addition to my taking the still photos.  Then there is the gift opening before we sit back down for the dessert of chocolate fondue with strawberries, pineapple chunks, apple slices, bananas, and marshmallows.  After dessert our entertainment was each of the children either singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, or combination.  A great night had by all.

 It has rained here all day today, Christmas Day.  A friend of mine who lives in my neighborhood had invited me to join her and her son for an early afternoon dinner today.  She is a good cook and the food was delicious.  It was lovely to share a meal and a couple of hours with them.

Tonight I watched the movie The Polar Express.  I love the story and the music, especially the song “Believe” sung by Josh Groban.  Another reminder for us to…
BELIEVE…and keep BELIEVING.

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It has been a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last night I shared in the annual Christmas Eve fondue dinner celebration with friends and their families…8 adults (9 with me) and 10 children. First the children opened gifts then we had a delicious and fun fondue meal, including fondue chocolate for dipping marshmallow, bananas, and fresh strawberries as our dessert.
The evening finale was the annual children’s enactment of the Nativity story, which included the newest baby in the family (3 weeks Jacob) as our baby Jesus. As usual, a joyful celebration.

Today was peaceful and quiet. I got a much-needed sleep in, then a slow easy time coming fully awake with a good hot mug of coffee. Later as I spoke with a friend who lives in another state, I looked out my big front window to see a lovely sight of falling snow. Later I went to a neighbor friend who invited me to join her for dinner. We ate a delicious meal she had prepared, and had a lovely visit.

Through all this time with others, and also my own quiet time, I remembered how grateful I am for my blessings.

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