Friday, 19 December 2008

Sing Hosanna!!

I was recently asked to name my favourite Christmas Carol and I chose Silent Night. It is such a beautiful piece and sums up what Christmas is all about for me. A few days later, I went to Isabel's School Bazaar and found this lovely little book.

It is a really nice little book and the illustrations are so pretty don't you think?

I would love to hear from you all what your favourite carols are, so drop me a comment and let's compare notes!

The holidays really started in earnest today. Work and school finished yesterday until the New Year..yippee! I have been so lucky in my working life over the years in that I have always been able to have time off. Today we had a lovely meal with friends at lunchtime and then back to theirs to watch a dvd and open a few early pressies. Well at least the children did, mine being 9 and hers being nearly 40!

Friends are coming to exchange gifts tomorrow. There is now the beginnings of a pile of brightly coloured, sparkly papered presents under the tree. Each one a jewel to be shaken, sniffed and then reluctantly placed underneath the green branches, for the most part still a mystery, but for the odd one, a suspicion forming as to its contents. All part of the fun I think.

The weekend will be spent with my family. I am spoilt rotten by my Mother who insists that I just chill out and recharge my batteries. I have new wool to knit with and a pile of gorgeous magazines to drool over. For me it is the calm before the storm, for Isabel it is a chance to see her Nanny and open some more presents!

I will return to the madness just before the big day and then the countdown starts. We have a wonderful crib service on Christmas Eve and I will hopefully be able to post seperately about that later. Our is a bit different in that the Nativity is built up by the children as the story is told. Isabel loves to take part in this ritual and over the years has placed Mary, a King, a camel and the baby Jesus into the tableau. Another memory in the making for her and an essential part of our celebrations. I say different, but maybe it is not, perhaps your congregation do this as well. It's just that I have never seen it done this way in any other church that I have attended.

I hope that all your plans are coming together and all your lists have a least got one or two things crossed off by now because.... and I don't want to panic anyone but......there are only 5 days until Christmas Eve, yes that is FIVE DAYS!

Bye for now. Dev x


Herzblatt said...

How lovely, all your Christmas decoration and the wonderful tree....and what a luck for you to find this great book.....the pictures are lovely.
I also love "silent night" the most but I very often listen "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

lou said...

Hi, what lovely pictures in your book!

We listened too silent-night night while out shopping today, there‘s nothing nicer than listening to a choir singing, It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

love Lou xxx

funkymonkey said...

It sounds like you will have a wonderful time in the next few days. As for favourite carols, I really can't choose one, there are so many of them that I love.

Merry Christmas to you.


Toria said...

Beautiful illustrations.

I think my favourite is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but only when it's sung cheerfully, not the mournful way some choirs do it.