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Clearly a day meant for bunking down with as many stuffed animals as possible...

 

Elizabeth is so funny with her large stuffed animals now.  She wrestles them into submission, growling and burying her face into their fur.



   



Merry Christmas!

 

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

 

Luke 2:10b-14

 



   



"Like a candle flame

Flickering small in our darkness

Uncreated light

Shines through infant eyes."

 

The Candle Song by Graham Kendrick



   



It's our family tradition to welcome Christmas with a raclette.  We ordered extra fingerling potatoes from our Bryson vegetable Christmas elves, acquired a half round of swiss raclette cheese, pickles and picked onions, various kinds of cold cuts (including the required viande des Grisons aka bindinfleisch) and Grandpa H even went to extraordinary lengths to acquire some Fendant wine.  There was none to be had in all of Ontario, but he managed to purchase the last two out of three bottles across the river in Gatineau.

 

My dad has traditionally been in charge of the ceremonial scraping of the cheese, but in preparation for their impeding departure to warmer climes we took turns so that this important skill would be preserved for Christmases to come.  Being a little young for cheese, Elizabeth and Maria had to settle for cheerios.



   



Elizabeth and I went for a walk by Dow's Lake with my cousin Heather just before sunset.

 

It's looking a lot like winter and soon the canal will be ready for skating.  We can hardly wait! 

 

If you look closely, you can see part of Canada Post's HOHOHO holiday lighting in the windows of the Canada Post building (behind the Canal huts in the photo with all the street lights)!

 

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