Holiday Tea Chat | Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

As Advent has come to a close, it seemed this year’s Christmas season has been full of magic and also rest. A new year is coming, and this year is coming to a close. Yet we all need one night when it is silent, were we rest, stay still, waiting, and recharging for what is about to come.

The ice and snow storm that hit the Seattle area the past few days had left us by the morning of Christmas eve. In little more than a few hours the snow was melting and gone completely by the time Christmas morning came. Just shows how wacky the weather can be around here this time of year.

Christmas was quiet again this year with just being home and relaxing. I like those holidays where there is not so much excitement going on, but a restful holiday.

Christmas Eve Service:

For the first time in a few years there has been a candle light service at the church. It was mentioned last year by a few people living in the neighborhood in how they had missed going to church on Christmas Eve. So our pastor brought it back.

The volunteered for greeting and handing out the candles as people walked into the church for the service. Glow sticks were used by the children who were participating in the service with their parents. It ended up being a packed service with many people coming for the first time that evening and many of regular attenders mingling.

After the service I went home to feast on coconut shrimp and smoked mozzarella pasta salad while watching the movies Mr. Malcolm’s List on one of the streaming services. A different movie then the one I normally watch A Christmas Carol.

Christmas Day:

It seems as the years have gone by I wake up later and later on Christmas morning. This time it was only at 9:30 am when the cat finally got me out of bed.

Presents this year were mostly small gifts and with the big ticket items being bought by ourselves. This year I wanted a dash camera for my car since coworkers have been talking about them lately and the things you see caught on them is interesting. One items received was a flame less lighter that uses electricity to light candles. I cannot tel you how many times I have had issues with lighters! The one present I am excited about is getting my Weather Tech floor liners and trunk liners in the new year.

The rest of day was watching the Christmas service online, A Christmas Story, King Charles III ‘s Christmas speech, watching a short video of the British Royal Family walking to church, and watching the Christmas Carol Concert put on by the Princess of Wales on YouTube.

Christmas Dinner was a small affair with only small feast.

  • Turkey breast
  • Roasted veggies (brussel, sweet potatoes and potatoes)
  • Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
  • Brown Gravy
  • Blush Bubbly Drink
  • Fruitcake for dessert.

Boxing Day:

For those who do not know, Boxing day is a day where those who helped over Christmas day would getting a boxed gift for their services and a day off. It goes back when domestic staff in upper class households would get a small gift from their employer and a day off to enjoy time with their family. For us now days it is a day of shopping for those gifts we really wanted and returning the ones we don’t.

I went shopping with my Mom to get some last minute deals and ordered some stuff that I needed for another presents ( Like a SD card for the dash cam. who knew you didn’t get one with the kit!).

New Years Tips:

  1. Set on an intention instead of a resolution
    • Pull it from the heart or the core of who you are
    • Give it a “I am” statement. Exp: I am confident
    • Feel those feelings of the statement and embody it
  2. A word you can give back to the world
    • Example of a word: Compassion
    • Incorporate the word into the everyday.
    • Give back to the world using this word.
  3. What do you want to leave behind?
    • Situations, things and areas of our life that are not feeling right as we close out the old year.
    • Write it down and burn it (think of doing a burning bowl ceremony on New Years Eve night before midnight). Or drop it completely before New Year begins.
  4. Give a toast to someone who we have lost this past year
    • Can be a friend, family, or a mentor who had an impact in your life.
    • Raise a glass to someone who made an impact on your life as the new year arrives.
  5. Get dressed up for the night
    • You don’t have to go anywhere to dress up.
    • Put some sparkle on
  6. Celebrate all of the above and embrace the new year ahead.

Have a wonderful rest of the holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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