This year, at last. After an annual series (3 or 4?) of unfortunate Christmas dinner missteps, I finally got the gravy right. Perhaps a little thick, but that can be remedied.
Christmas midnight Mass (midnight=7:00 p.m. in our case) was splendid. Latin Gregorian propers and a Charpentier setting for the Ordinary. Christmas Day itself was quiet. Even our somewhat rumbustious neighbourhood hardly made a peep. The children must have all gotten computer games from Santa rather than something that required being taken out of doors to race up and down on. Or in. Or with.