Just a short post on some of the treats I got to sample last night while visiting our parents houses!!
Steak @ Lisa’s mom and dad’s for Christmas Eve is a long time tradition (Abby’s Steak rub was amazing)
The Noels House on Christmas Eve is always filled with family on Chriostmas Eve! Mr Noel makes every effort to ensure the decorations have a “Wow” factor.
Taken on my phone so not the best of pictures, but it do show the detail that goes into making sure Christmas Eve is special for everyone.
Kaegan was comfy with his new Christmas jammies @ nan and pop Noels.
We stopped in to Riverhead to surprise nan and pop Delaney and go to mass with them. Then we dropped by for a visit for some Christmas cookies, yummy!! Jammies look good on the kids!!
Nanny Delaney showing us some of her Christmas treats, snow balls and homemade marshmellow squares!
Now we are getting ready to go back to the River for Christmas dinner, I think I can smell it all the way up here in Bay Roberts!!!
Finding Christmas in the Fishermans Shed on the Shoreline Walk
Christmas Eve means a great deal to us Christians, it means the waiting, the Advent is almost over and the Christ Child is near. For me it is a nice feeling, one mixed with anticipation and reflection of the past. I have so many fond memories of “Christmas in the River” of helping Pop in the stable, the smell of freshly cut boughs for under the horse’s feet. The crunch of the freshly fallen snow and the wood stoves burning in many of the homes in Riverhead, Hr. Grace Newfoundland kept my senses alive at Christmas. I really enjoyed the “feeling of Christmas, the gift of excitement, tradition, knowing what was to come and above all friends and family. Mom and dad’s house was and is a place that welcomed people; this was certainly the case on Christmas Eve. The lights and music during Midnight mass was special, I always loved mass at night but Christmas was so special. Once refreshed, leaving the church we knew there was something good to eat at “the house”, some soup or a pot of chilli was always ready and with a invite to friends and family it was always a treasured event.
Those feelings are what we always try to rekindle this time of year, I have my own family now and do try to make Christmas as special as it can be. In Bay Roberts over the past few weeks we have created some wonderful events that will leave a lasting impact on those who participated. I am adding some of the events in this blog in hopes it puts you in a good place in your heart during Christmas.
Here are some youtube videos of events that took please during this season, I hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Here is a silly one during our Old Time Christmas Time
We are all preparing for the festive season in our own special way. Our celebrations for most of us begin on December 24th, Christmas Eve and the 25th, Christmas Day. These are the days on the Christian calendar that heralds the coming of Baby Jesus to the world. As we also know, it is the night that children from all over the world wait in excitement for Santa Claus, that jolly old soul who brings toys to the good girls and boys on Christmas Eve in North America. In other countries of the world he is known by many other names including: Father Christmas (England), Pere Noel (France), Babbo Natale (Italy), Sinter Klaas (Denmark) just to name a few. The man who is known by many names was not a ficticious character; in the 4th century, he was a Bishop in Myra, which is now Kale in south-west Turkey. He was known to be a kind and generous person; I found information on line that states he would often throw gifts in the windows of the poor. The current origin of Santa Claus was kept alive by the people of Holland who called him Sinterklaas. There, St. Nicholas arrives on horseback on his feast day (December 6th), dressed in a bishop’s red robe to deliver presents to the good boys and girls or coal to the bad. The Dutch took this tradition when they settled in North America where he became known as Santa Claus. I think the story “The Night Before Christmas” and the classic “Coke” commercial had a great deal of influence on the persona we now know as Santa Claus. December 6 is known as St. Nicholas Day. Let’s take the time to reflect and remember that he was indeed a man and a Saint who still, to this day, brings much joy and excitement to millions all over the world.
Santa Claus in Bay Roberts 2012