Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

Here we are — Christmas Eve — although that always confuses me. Is it Christmas Eve for the whole day or just in the evening? It seems to me that it has become the whole day, but my memory informs me that it wasn't always that way. Regardless, due to the day that follows, it's a special day in the calendar for most of us whether for religious or social reasons.

In some traditions the faithful attend church on this eve and then open presents. I suppose that traditions are exactly that and that they always feel right to those who hold them. However, I'm rather glad to have had and still to have the anticipation of Christmas Morning and the excitement of both children and adults descending to unwrap their bounty. Bug, in particular and much to the consternation of Butterfly, used to get us up pretty darn early, but her excitement was both charming and contagious. Oddly enough, she now appears to be the family member who is least enthralled with the event.

In the spirit of traditions, may I also inform you that ours went well yesterday. The Christmas turkey got cooked to perfection, carved and made ready for tomorrow's feast. Our burgers and fries from the local and independent Katchups Grill were wonderful. At the Grill, when I confessed to be a first-timer, they proudly informed this new but not last-time patron that not only were their fries made fresh but their burgers were also done on-site and contained no fillers. From now on Katchups will be my burger joint of preference in this town.

For a number of years, I made my own Christmas cards, printed them on my own printer and sent them out. I'd even design and print the envelope as well. Some people told me that they even saved the envelopes. Well, I'm either getting lazy or it's a case of been there and done that for this is the second year that I have resisted that making that effort. Last year I did post a previous card on my blog when I also wrote about this very same day in Fine Turkey, Greasy Burgers, and Best Wishes, but I have nothing for you this year except my best wishes and a referral to this card that I found on Debra's blog, As I See It Now. It's from Ashland University and is quite wonderful. When you click here, read and follow the instructions to the bottom left in order to view the whole card as it is presented.

Meanwhile, once more I wish you a

Very Merry Christmas
I will try to visit as many of your blogs that I can get to and wish you the same there. Then, I think that I shall give you all a break for a few days. Be well. I appreciate both your posts and your comments. Keep up the fine work.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anvilcloud, I love the music. It's beautiful. Merry Christmas and thank you for stopping by my blog to wish me the same. I'll miss your posts over the next few days, but I'm glad you are enjoying your family and the season.

Coll said...

I think the music is just beautiful. Wishing you and yours a most joyous Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good wishes! I tried to get to your blog using the url from your profile and it just gave me a page of gibberish... however I then went to bloglines and clicked the post, and it was just fine. Very odd... I suppose just one of those glitches that happen from time to time.

A very happy Christmas to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Ps - the blog seems to be fine now, so it was just a glitch. I can't hear any music, though. Perhaps I don't have the right plugin. (I didn't have my speakers on at first but nothing happened when I switched them on. Never mind).

Anonymous said...

Anvilcloud -

Thanks for stopping my blog and the Christmas wish. I have enjoyed reading your blog along. Merry Christmas to you, Cuppa, and family.

Gina said...

Merry Christmas!

Bonita said...

Wishing you and yours the very best of the season ~ Bonita

Anonymous said...

The very same to you, and Merry Christmas. I'm gone until Tues. for festivities.

marmalade said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS AC.

I think ben and i will be seeing you soon hopefully. we may just be joinging you folks up at the farm for new years?!?!

the music is great!

tell cuppa hello for me and merry christmas!

Norma said...

Sloppy joes tonight with the family--then off to church, then church again tomorrow, then to our son's for his dinner. I love it when they can cook.

Merry Christmas.

Debra said...

Anvilcloud--thanks so much for your kind Christmas wish over at my blog! I really appreciated it and it made me smile, too. I wish you and Cuppa a lovely Christmas day and a terrific new year. I'm so glad you liked that Christmas card, too... Isn't it fun just to stand out there and enjoy the snow in the warmth of your home? Don't tell anyone, but I've actually spent some time out there beside that gazebo and watched the skaters go back and forth and back and forth...made up little stories about them while I stood there, too. :) Heh... Merry Christmas! Blessings, Debra

Kila said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing the music!

Anonymous said...

I too wish you and Cuppa a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Judy - Anybody Home
www.judyh58.blogspot.com

PBS said...

When Christmas Eve Day fell on a weekday, we used to get off early in the afternoon. That hasn't been the case for the last 10 or 12 years. This year it's on a weekend. My son got off early from the grocery store with a bag of goodies from the manager! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

nux said...

well i'm not sure exactly why, but your post made me feel SO much better. i was feeling quite blue just before i sat down here at this lap top--missing mary, partly, and also a little heavy hearted because of a funny sense i've had the last few years, that the "magic" of this time of year was leavig me.

and now i don't feel that way. i bet this will be one of the best gifts i get this year! in fact, i feel a little like crying, with a funny sort of confused happiness--quite like relief.

so thank you! it will be a merry, magical christmas, won't it!?

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

May the love you and Cuppa share grow even more in '07.

I heart you both!

George Breed said...

Merry Christmas, Anvilcloud!

Anonymous said...

A very merry Christmas to you and yours!

Cathy said...

Anvil Cloud - thanks for stopping by Looking Up with your good wishes - beautiful choir gracing your Christmas Eve post.

I am currently looking north toward the city of Ashland, Ohio - the college of which produced the lovely Christmas card you linked to. The Loudonville webcam on my sidebar is always pointed toward that small town 15 miles to our north.

Merry Christmas to you and Cuppa - it's been so nice making your acquaintance through this miracle of the internet.

Leann said...

loved the song.also the pic,s you put on the post before.God bless you and your,s and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE.

Rhea said...

I just happened upon your blog. What great photos and sound. A nice experience. Happy Holidays!

Maya's Granny said...

Well, I got here at the last minute, but here I am.

Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your holiday sounds perfect, very nice.
I've been doing my own cards for 15 years now, a fun tradition.
Wishing you a peaceful and happy new year.

wthenrest said...

Nice music. Who is it? I would love to put it in my repertoire. Sounds like you have a very joyess holiday.
I wish you a continued one.