I'm spending Christmas with my family, K&E and Nika. I love these three. They truly make my heart feel full.
I drove in last night and met up with them at a great Japanese restaurant for hibachi. Yum! This was my first experience and I loved it. Then it was off to K's church for Christmas Eve service. Gary was preaching and he did a great job - talking about O Little Town of Bethlehem and how "the hopes and fears of all the years are met with thee tonight". This was so fitting for Christmas. All of our fears that we have - they continue to compound in this horrible economy but that's just a small part of it. But we all have fears - going to some place new, expecting a child (will it be healthy? happy?), going through troubles with family or marriages...the list goes on and on. But our hope is also met in Jesus and that's the key element. Our fears are there but our hope is too. Hope that things will work out and that Jesus will help us find the way. Amen to that as I know I need help in a lot of areas in my life.
This morning we opened stockings and E&K were so sweet in putting one together for me. I feel kind of bad about this because I'm usually the stocking queen and I didn't have anything for them. :( Next year.
Today was church at E's with a nice service followed by a cookie fellowship. Nika, K and I hung out in the back of the church and listened from there. It was so fun to sing hymns with K...she took the alto line and I was on the soprano line. It's so fun to sing in harmony on hymns that we know and love.
We came back home and E cooked up a fabulous Swedish Christmas meal: it was almost all white. We had mashed potatoes, turkey, buns, lefse, lutefisk (well they did), fruit soup (which was new to me and very yummy), potato sausage, and broccoli casserole. It was so yummy!
Then E was gracious enough to let K and I take naps. I was so exhausted and I'm not sure why. I think it's this house. I'm always sleepy here. I'm not sure if it's the air pressure here in the land of cheese and beer or just that I know this is a place I can relax and be myself.
We opened presents that E&K had gotten from their families they couldn't be with this year and now are watching Six Feet Under. Well, we're taking a break from the latter so Nika can eat and play and then go to bed.
But the best part of Christmas is what is shown below. I brought out two rings of spichamere (spelling may be wrong but this is how it makes sense to me). It's basically a ring bologna, like a summer sausage or something. It's so yummy and a Moe family tradition. So I broke it out this morning for E&K to try. Maybe I have them hooked. :) We'll see...
THIS is Christmas!