It’s 11 pm Christmas Eve. My daughters just left to go back to each of their homes. My husband is in bed. Two kitties are on my lap, and two are by the fireplace.
We had a nice evening: fire pit; apple cider; cheese, meat, and more tray; pizza; Anomia (a fun, but fast!) card game; snacks; and topped the evening with a short watch of Elf. We all got sleepy after the snowball fight scene!
Earlier this evening, we assembled the luminaria kits and set them out, all lit up, to line our part of the street. Other neighbors set them out, too. Even though there were breaks in the lit rows, the results were still beautiful. Although, my iPhone couldn’t quite capture the real beauty of the lit streets.
I recently wrote an article on the historical uses of luminaria and also how Cary NC, my hometown, came to have them as an annual Christmas Eve tradition. If you would like to read that article, here’s a link: http://www.caryliving.com/a-tradition-burns-bright/
“Even though luminarias are traditionally lit on Christmas Eve, the spirit of the tradition encompasses more than a single day. It is a beautiful way for neighborhoods to celebrate community during the holiday season. Residents can set out candles—whatever that light might represent for their families—knowing that when all of the lights are shining together it’s a tangible representation of what connects each of us.” excerpt from my article
Photo by Cary Living Magazine on Instagram
Now, I’m off to bed so that Santa doesn’t arrive and find me awake!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Home Sweet Home