My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love Christmas and this would have been a super easy question to answer a few years ago. I love our 11:00 Christmas Eve service. I love all the music, the candle-lighting, the fact that when you leave it’s after midnight, so it’s Christmas. I think I’ve missed one year in my memory, because I was just too sick to go. I even walked to the service one year when it was too icy to drive. And I still love that service, but now I play the organ/piano for it, and it’s just not the same. I can’t relax and enjoy the music, because I’m playing. I don’t get to hold a candle during Silent Night. I can’t sit with my family in the balcony and look down on a sanctuary filled with candle-light. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do and wouldn’t change it, it’s just not the same.


It’s harder to pick a favorite tradition now. We’ll go somewhere to look at lights, but the where varies year to year. This year we went to Kennywood. Other years we’ve gone to Oglebay or Clinton, PA. For the last couple of years, we’ve gone down to see the Nutcracker Village. We usually go see a performance or special event around Christmas time, but that also varies from year to year. We do the tree and this year we’ve been baking cookies. For several years, our Christmas cards have featured a drawing/painting by Amber. I listen to Christmas music the whole month at work and in the car, and read lots of Christmassy books. I guess I just love the whole season.

This year’s Christmas card, which may have gone out a bit later than would be ideal. As in, I haven’t mailed them yet.

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