The peacefulness of Christmas Eve is settling across the land as dark moves in ... tiny twinkly lights illuminate the darkness and our Christmas tree is lighted and glowing. Christmas carols are playing ... Christmas sheet music is at the piano ready for a singalong after evening church services ... presents are wrapped and waiting ... food and goodies are ready for family and guests.
It is Christmas Eve 2008.
On an extremely blustery evening that finds Augusta County under high wind warnings, there is a quiet as the world pauses on the eve of Christ's birth.
Christmas Eve service will be special with music from the little ones as well as adult members of the congregation ... Alex will sing a solo ... the pastor will read the Christmas passage.
Afterwards there will be food and singing at the Mitchell household as we come back to spend time together as a family ... play board games ... sing Christmas carols ... dig into the ham biscuits and fudge ... pray for our military, for Nate, for those less fortunate who are ill or going through trials.
If you get a chance check out the Carnival of Christmas 2008 posted by Kat over at Cathouse Chat for some heartwarming stories of the season from bloggers throughout the blogosphere. Thanks and Merry Christmas, Kat!
It's Christmas Eve in the Shenandoah Valley....