There were many things that were special about Christmas this year. After all, last Christmas some things had to be put on hold due to some restrictions- meaning we couldn’t go an actual Christmas Eve service or have family come visit. That is why Christmas 2021 had something really special about it. In many ways, Christmas starts Christmas Eve at the Candlelight Service–yes even if it starts at 10:30 at night.
Christmas Eve Service
With a trumpet and a string quartet, it really makes you feel the festive nature of Christmas. After all, Christmas is a celebration. At this year’s service, during the prelude, the congregation sang three carols, which was new. One of my favorite moments still remains during “Silent Night” when the lights go dim and candles are lit. While not ending on Christmas, it still ended near the start of Christmas.
Still wake up early to get my stocking- usually the first thing I open. Not until 6-7 though- after all, those are the easiest ones to open—don’t have to wait for others for that. Whatever isn’t under the tree counts as a stocking gift. There are some things I expect to find in the stocking such as chocolate- as in things that are in there year after year.
The Alex and Ani Bracelet is a Wonka Bar- by the way, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies as a child. The Pandora Charm was a peppermint hot chocolate. Well, in 2022 my family is having their 2nd attempt at Frozen (it got postponed last year)——so our ticket from last year was used, and the original date was marked out, and the new date was marked on top.
By the way, I even consider the calendar for the next year to be a stocking gift. Mine will be Von Gogh themed.
Under the Tree Presents
These can be hard to wait for because you see them added day after day, and you are wondering what are in your presents. Part are usually gifts you asked for and parts aren’t. Waiting the day of can be hard.
Movies- Live Action Disney Cinderella and I Can Only Imagine
Books- A Little Princess and Call Us What We Carry
Ornaments- Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Cup and Glinda Bubble Dress
In addition, there are two bags