#2 son came in last night on his way to #2 daughter's 9th Annual Eggnog Party. #1 daughter and #1 son came by with their spouses, kids, and #1 daughter's brother-in-law for dinner. We had Swiss Chicken, Jessie Potatoes,  salad, fresh cherries, and birthday cake.

We talked, played with the baby, and had a bit of celebration. Then everyone else went home and #2 son and I had deep conversations while he wrapped Christmas gifts.

Lightweight family fun.

The song of the day is about the shepherds who were watching their flocks and were visited by angels. Said angels brought them the first "Noel" and, in at least one song, a scent that ravished their senses.

Here are the words in English:

1. Whence is the goodly fragrance flowing,
Stealing our senses all away,
never the like did come a-blowing,
Shepherds, in flow'ry fields of May,
Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing,
Stealing our senses all away.

2. What is that light so brilliant, breaking
Here in the night across our eyes.
Never so bright, the day-star waking,
Started to climb the morning skies!
What is that light so brilliant, breaking,
Here in the night across our eyes.

3. Bethlehem! there in manger lying,
Find your Redeemer haste away,
Run ye with eager footsteps vieing!
Worship the Saviour born today.
Bethlehem! there in manger lying,
Find your Redeemer haste away.

I love the idea of being astonished by the fragrance of angels. So often we imagine this part of the story with the vision of the angels, massed in the sky with brilliant light and terrifying triumph.

But of course angels would smell amazing.

This is a lovely tune, from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, which you can sing alone, play on your flute, or enjoy in multiple harmonies.

Today we had our team meeting, with pizza and a farewell to #2 son before we really got stuck into the completion of our systems, which was the order of the day.

I brought sticky notes but actually got very little support on the project. This was one of our major goals for 2017, and I am determined to finish it, no matter what. Angelic assistance might be required, because so far we are more like the shepherds.