Christmas Eve started just as it usually does for our family.....in the kitchen. My Mom aka Nana, myself, and our helper, Amanda Lily spent most of the morning cooking. On the menu: Turkey, Cranberry Relish, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Bacon, Tomato Salad with Feta, Baked Squash and Onions, and Yeast Rolls. Dessert was a delicious Pumpkin Roll one of our work "family" members, Ms Debbie made. I was so touched when George brought it home from work and said she had made it especially for our families Christmas meal.
We kicked the evening off with a candlelight service at church. I sang traditional Christmas carols with the Ensemble, as usual. During the candle lighting, Amanda Lily sang "Silent Night" with Ms Pat. It was so sweet hearing her young voice sing out while we passed the light of the world. Our church passes candles every year, and it is almost always my favorite part of Christmas Eve.
After church, our family gathered at our home for Christmas Eve Dinner. After everyone went home, we shared Christmas gifts with Nana, Popa, Uncle Larry, and Tre'.