We’re singing “He Shall Feed His Flock” from Messiah, “Come to the Cradle ” by Michael Card, and Schubert’s “Ave Maria” on Christmas Eve. Here is some interesting history for Schubert’s piece. The previous link will give you a beautiful performance of the piece on the harp — though our plan for Christmas Eve is that #2 daughter will sing it and our director will play his saxophone. The Baritone is singing “O Holy Night.” Our pastor came into the store yesterday and mentioned that he was shortening his sermon in order to fit in all the music.

So of course we are practicing our music, as well as baking and making candy and wrapping gifts and so forth. What we are not doing today is going to the gym. I have a mysterious wound on the bottom of my foot — gash a couple of inches long. I don’t know how it got there. I do know, though, that I can’t do cardio on that foot. I will do a stability ball workout at home instead.

School is out for the holidays, and both the boys had sleepovers. My husband and #2 daughter are sleeping in and I am enjoying the unaccustomed quiet. I was able to make oatmeal for breakfast without any chorus of “Eeew! Oatmeal!” and am trying to complete the Mysterious Craft Project by Christmas.

But, you know, if I don’t finish it, it will be okay. The last mail-order gift has finally shipped, according to the sender’s website, and I hope it arrives on time, but if not, then that will also be okay.

Wishing you a peaceful day…