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"It's here, it's here!! Christmas Eve is here!"
If you entered our humble abode today, you would be greeted by this enthusiastic proclamation, and you might find yourself hardpressed to resist its excitement.
Having watched a version of the story of the Nativity, the kids, teens, (and adults!) are well-prepped for what tonight means, and we can't wait to join our parish choir tonight for Midnight Mass. There is just something so holy and magical about welcoming the Christ Child during the night.
We also welcome St.Nick in our house, focusing on his sainthood and devotion to the Lord he served so beautifully throughout his life. In lieu of this, I thought I would leave you with a beautiful ode that Justina wrote for school as our Christmas card to you! :) (We're even including the above picture that my sister-in-law took of us after the the kids' band concert as our Christmas card picture!) :)
Our deep prayer is that the special blessings that come at Christmas truly fill your home and touch the hearts of you and your family!
Ode to St. Nicholas
Oh giver of gifts, bringer of children’s delight,
How we wait in eager anticipation for your return.
With candles lit on frosted sills, and stockings hung in rank,
Children lie in restless hope, impatient for their turn.
At 12 o’clock on Christmas morn,
you will visit every child as you did the year before.
Down the sooted chimney you hustle,
A familiar race you undertake, perfected in days of yore.
Now full of flying reindeer and tiny booted elves,
Your story so often told is not the way you would recount.
The truth often lost in legends of fanciful tales,
Holds the motive of your generous heart that you place paramount.
It all centers ‘round a tiny babe in stable born,
When heaven met earth and joy pierced the somber night.
How you long for all to recognize this precious gift to men,
When the Son of God came down to earth to save us from our plight.
St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, and more,
Through your loving heart you are now the bearer of many names.
Each one depicts a different persona and claims you as its own,
But no matter what they call you, your essence remains the same.
Merry Christmas, and the Peace of the Savior of the World be with you!!!
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