Celebrations of December: Christmas Eve

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Our longstanding family tradition has been to give gifts on Christmas Eve. However, in recent years our Christmas Eve obligations at church have pushed our family time back further and further, until this year, we just began straightaway in the morning with stockings! It’s been several years since Paul first had the genius idea to give kazoos to all the cousins for Christmas, and they are all long gone, so I thought it was time to bring back the fun – also found some adorable mini¬†maracas I couldn’t resist, and jingle bell necklaces to complete the musical festivity of the morn. ūüôā


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After breakfast and cleanup, we gathered in the living room for a reading of the Christmas story, followed by the Great Unwrapping, Part I. Oh the joys of imitating our Heavenly Father by giving good gifts to our children!! (check captions!)

Two things I want to link for those who might be interested: Our friend Jenni Groft makes beautiful rosaries, and crafted the rosary bracelets I gave the girls. Check out her Etsy store, Tools of Grace.¬†¬†And¬†Jacob’s rosary is the Church Militant Combat Rosary, an excellent, masculine choice for active¬†men, whether young or¬†not-so-young.


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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_093716_1web.jpg]90Megan was our elf for the day. ūüôā
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_100218_1web.jpg]30Everybody together in the living room!
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_093849_1web.jpg]20Preparing to read the Christmas Story (I can't get used to this reading scripture from tablets... it just doesn't seem like The Holy Bible to this old timey gal...)
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_100722_1web.jpg]30The unwrapping begins...
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_100848_1web.jpg]20Geneva got something very special from her sister Meg.
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_100903_1web.jpg]20That's a happy face!!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_100925_1web.jpg]30She's wanted a bongo drum for years and years. Good sister. Good gift.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_101043_1web.jpg]40Jacob received the Ender series from Laurent. Good sister. Good gift.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_101330_1web.jpg]50Junior with his very first Bible Story Book!!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_101543_1web.jpg]20"I'm Batman."
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102125_1web.jpg]10Megan had the biggest box, far too big to fit under the tree. I was deeply gratified by her curiosity! ūüėÄ
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102150_1web.jpg]10Extremely happy with her new cushy computer lounger!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102235_1web.jpg]10You know, I may just have to get one of these for myself...
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102511_1web.jpg]10Laurent found this gorgeous silk blouse for Geneva at a sidewalk vendor, so Geneva had to do the modeling thing.
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102526_1web.jpg]20Oma knows how much Laurent loves her coffee, so she got a french press.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102733_1web.jpg]10Oma is a big fan of this particular confection!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102757_1web.jpg]10So much rhythm!!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102841_1web.jpg]10Oh yay! Cities and Knights extension for Settlers of Catan!! (Thank you Uncle Dougy!)
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_102910_1web.jpg]10What a lovely stained glass window hanger from Laurent!
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_103024_1web.jpg]10The annual gift: the best sunflower seeds known to Paul - SPITZ
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_103143_1web.jpg]20You know you've nailed it when your daughter opens her Graduale Triplex and responds like this! ūüôā
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_110654_1web.jpg]10Jacob with his Mystic Monk Mug from Oma, and some cocoa to put in it.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141224_111253_1web.jpg]10From my eldest daughter, one of my favorite perfumes; from my honey, a sweet little 50mm lens and an extended battery grip for my camera.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141231_105751_1web.jpg]10These beautiful rosary bracelets are made by our friend, Jenni Groft. This one was Laurent's.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141231_120559_1web.jpg]10This was for Megan. Beautifully crafted!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141231_110158_1web.jpg]10Love the colors on Geneva's!
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141231_111337_1web.jpg]10And I found this awesome Combat Rosary for Jacob.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2014-1224_christmas-eve-morning-gifts/thumbs/thumbs_20141231_111354_1web.jpg]10This should last for a really, really long time. ūüôā He loves it!

Once we’d cleaned up all our boxes and paper from the morning, we had a short break in the action before a bunch of our Gonzales family came over, and we had lunch and more Christmas fun with them.


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Finally, after all the revelry, it was time to get ready for the Main Event — Christmas Eve Vigil Masses!! ¬†It was glorious, just glorious, to worship at 6 and again at the Midnight mass. So worth not getting to bed until nearly 2am!

The order for the Midnight Mass:

Prelude I: Kyrie de la Messe de¬†No√ęl
C. Franck (1822-1890, Belgium)

Prelude II: Angels We Have Heard on High
     GLORIA, French Tune

Prelude III: Dixit Maria
     H.L. Hassler (1564-1612, Germany)

Dixit Maria ad angelum: Ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
Mary said to the Angel: Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me, according to your word.

Preulde IV: In the Bleak Midwinter
     G. Holst (1874-1934, England)

Prelude V: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
     GOD REST YE, English tune

Prelude VI: Silent Night
     STILLE NACHT, Austrian tune

Prelude VII: O Come All Ye Faithful
     ADESTE FIDELIS, English tune

The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ
     Traditional Chant

The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world,
when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness;
when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow
in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace;
in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees;
in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt;
around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;
in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
in the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome;
in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus, the whole world being at peace,
Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and when nine months had passed since his conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and was made man: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

 

(Just wanted to share the proclamation with you here, beginning at the 12:45 mark, ending at 15:40 —¬†chanted¬†by Andy Groft)

Introit      
     Mode II, Graduale Romanum

Dominus dixit ad me: Filiu meus es tu, ego hodie genui te.
Quare fremuerunt gentes: et populi meditati sunt inania?

The Lord hath said to me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.
Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?

Kyrie Eleison from Missa Dixit Maria
     H.L. Hassler (1564-1612, Germany)

Gloria in Excelsis VIII
     Graduale Romanum

Responsorial Psalm
     A. Esguerra (Modern, America)

Alleluia
     Mode VIII, Graduale Simplex

Offertory Hymn: Away in a Manger
     MUELLER, American tune

Motet: Resonet in Laudibus
     O. Lassus (1532-1594, Belgium)

Sanctus from Missa Dixit Maria
     H.L. Hassler (1564-1612, Germany)

Agnus Dei VIII (first two invocations)
     Graduale Romanum

Agnus Dei from Missa Dixit Maria
     H.L. Hassler (1564-1612, Germany)

Communion Antiphon
     A. Bartlett/Graduale Romanum

Motet: O Magnum Mysterium
     M. Lauridsen (Modern, America)

Recessional Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
     MENDELSSOHN, Germany tune

Postlude: Sortie Pour Noel
     C. Franck (1822-1890, Belgium)


Here are some pics from before mass, everyone looking so spiffy! ūüôā


 


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