Luke, Cheryl and I celebrated Christmas Eve twice this year: once on December 24th and again (tonight) on December 26th. The first time we were with Cheryl's family in Colorado. We spent the last few days with them and flew back to Washington on the afternoon of Christmas Day.
Our time at the Mackrory's (Cheryl's parents) was very enjoyable. Andrew & KaraLynne Mackrory (with their two kids Lyman and CoriLynne) were also visiting. We celebrated Christmas Eve with lamb, ham, squash, broccoli and other great food. Christmas morning we opened presents. We had left most of our own presents at home so we could open them after our own traditions when we got back.
Christmas Eve at our house tonight consisted of a quick reading of Luke 2, followed by a "Mary & Joseph supper" consisting of cheese, crackers, grape juice, beef jerky and dried fruit. Tradition would have it that we re-enact the trek Joseph & Mary took looking for an inn in which to deliver the baby Jesus. In interest of time and a lack of actors we just read Luke 2, and quickly so that we'd have time to put Luke (the baby) to bed at a decent hour. The food was good. We added sliced oranges (compliments of dad Arnott) to our meal because it might have been dad's offering if he were there in A.D. 1.
Tomorrow we will open presents from our extended family and to and from each other in our immediate family. We'll likely blog again tomorrow.