So! How was everybody's Christmas?
We mixed it up a little this year. For the first time in I don't know how many years we decided not to go to the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve. Rumor had it a bishop was going to show up and you know what that means: A looooooong sermon. And we just weren't feeling up to it.
We did observe our Christmas Eve tradition of going out for Chinese food. This was also a little different this year. I should have been suspicious when I was able to get a reservation a little too easily. We sat down at our table at 6:30, just as agreed, a server took our order and then said, "You do know it's going to be an hour and fifteen minutes before the food is ready, right?"
He wasn't kidding. Note to self: try another restaurant next year. Make the reservation weeks earlier. And make sure the place has a full bar. That would definitely have come in handy the other night.
My daughter and I hit the 11 am Mass on Christmas morning while the spouse stayed home with a fever. (Hey, it's Christmas, somebody has to be sick, right?) Completely different crowd from the Vigil Mass. I hardly knew anyone there. Out of town relatives, maybe? People who only come to church on Christmas? No way to be sure. But I did learn another thing: the last mass of Christmas can be kind of relaxing. After vigil masses and midnight masses and masses at dawn, everyone is too exhausted to go overboard. And that's a good thing.