By way of introduction, let me say I’m the daughter of a church musician. That means church services were a huge part of my family’s Christmas celebrations. They still are!
My best memories are of the family ushering in Christmas at a glorious midnight service that ended with the lights being extinguished and everyone in the congregation holding lit candles and singing Silent Night. The sanctuary was warmed by candlelight and four-part harmony.
Then our family would go home, put on our favorite pajamas and gather around the huge Christmas tree my mother always insisted on and toast the holiday with a glass (or two) of champagne. Even as children, we were allowed a tiny bit of the bubbly. As far back as I can remember, this has been our Christmas Eve tradition—and it still is today.
Often New Year’s Eve would be spent in a similar manner–all night parties just weren’t the rage where I grew up.
I hope your holidays were merry and 2015 brings you lots of joy and happiness!