Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rain Doesn't Deter Them

On both nights when our church had its Live Nativity performance, rain threatened (and, in fact, on the second night, sprinkled down a bit during the second performance), but none of us let that stop us.

Bubbles, our favorite camel, was there.  She loves Christmas cookies.

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Amos the donkey was accompanied by two miniature ponies.

We had sheep.

Our sound system area, where i stood to watch most of the performances.

The requisite children's choir and brass band.

Shepherds who, as the one adult among them attested, the sheep were lucky not to really need to perform shepherding duties.
Wise men, pointing, truthfully, to the streetlights.
Mary and Joseph, with him holding the baby (their own 5-month-old daughter).
Somehow i don't think real angels need the guardrail, but that's okay.

The baby, as noted above, was played by the sweetest little 5-month-old girl.  She was so petite she looked younger, and didn't not whimper or make a sound, no matter how often the Wise Men passed her around, or other strangers held her.

A good time, as they say, was had by all.


Today is:

Adam the Patriarch & Eve the Matriarch's Day -- Catholic Christian (Adam, Patron of gardeners and tailors; Eve, Patron of tailors)

Aofangadagskvold -- Iceland (arrival of the 13th and final Yule Lad)
     Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Kertasnikir -- Candle-beggar, who, as children did before light bulbs, wants the treat of a precious candle, and will steal one if he can

Arba'in-e Hosseini -- Iran (40th day after Ashura)

Bonfires on the Levee -- Louisiana, US (began among the Cajuns, now a big celebration for everyone, lighting the way for Papa Noel)

Calendas -- Oaxaca, Mexico

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) commences

Christmas Eve

Constitution Day -- Transdniestra

Declaration of Christmas Peace -- Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City

Feast of the Seven Fishes (La Vigilia) -- Italy (traditional serving of seven kinds of seafood at dinner)

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -- King's College Chapel, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (special Christmas Eve performance by the Choir of King's College held since 1918)

Independence Day -- Libya(1951)

Kolada -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (various celebrations of the gods until Dec. 31)

Last Minute Shoppers Day

Mistletoe Time -- traditional day on which to hang the mistletoe

Modresnach -- Germanic/Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon Odinist festival celebrating midwinter and motherhood (date approximate)

National Egg Nog Day

Noche Buena -- Spain and Spanish speaking countries

Remember to Read the Instructions First Night -- when assembling the kids' toys, of course

Silent Night, Holy Night Celebrations -- Austria (in honor of the hymn's composition in 1818)

St. Trasilla's Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Tolling the Devil's Knell -- All Saints Parish Church, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England (the church bell tolls once for each year since the birth of Christ, signaling when the Devil's demise was heralded)

T'owd 'oss -- Richmond, North Yorkshire, England (A tradition of dressing in hunting clothes and blowing the hunting horns on Christmas Eve.)

Utter Day -- Fairy Calendar (Every word uttered by the fairy folk becomes a physical object he/she must wear for the rest of the day.)

Yap Constitution Day -- Micronesia (regional)

Zerowork Season begins -- seriously, unless you work in retail, how much work really gets done between now and New Year's Eve at your office?

Birthdays Today:

Ryan Seacrest, 1974
Stephanie Meyer, 1973
Ricky Martin, 1971
Diedrich Bader, 45, 1966
Anil Kapoor, 1931
Mary Higgins Clark, 1929
Ava Gardner, 1922
Howard Hughes, 1905
Johnny Gruelle, 1880
Matthew Arnold, 1822
James Prescott Joule, 1818
Kit Carson, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Aristocats"(Cartoon Film), 1970
"Amahl and the Night Visitors"(Opera, first performance and the first opera ever televised), 1951
"The Perry Como Show"(TV), 1948
"Aida"(Opera), 1871

Today in History:

The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes, 563
Thomas Wolsey is appointed English Lord Chancellor, 1515
Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is "discovered" by James Cook, 1777
"Silent Night" is composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; it is first sung the next day, 1818
The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning, 1826
Fire devastates the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys 35,000 volumes, 1851
Henry Ford completes his first useful gas motor, 1893
Irving Fisher patents an archiving system with index cards, 1912
The first radio transmission of NCRV in Netherlands, 1924
NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition, 1955
Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for the Star Trek series, 1964
The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so, 1968
Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia, 1974
The first European Ariane rocket is launched, 1979
For the first time since the death f Lenin, the bells of St. Basil's Cathedral, on Red Square in Moscow, ring to celebrate Christmas, 1990
The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station, 2003


  1. Merry Christmas! I passed the award onto you as well (and fixed the link).

  2. Loved the photos, thank you so much for sharing such a special event!!!

  3. What a fun event. I would have loved to attend that. Yes I would have.

    Have a terrific day and may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. ☺

  4. What fun with those lovely animals although camels do tend to give me the hump after a while ..boom boom ;-)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours ;-)

  5. I am glad the pageantry went well and the sheep weren't baa-d.
    (Puns, we got 'em today, yes?)

  6. This is beautiful! Joyful Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

  7. Bubbles the Camel has such beautiful eyes. Take care and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Wow, what fun--despite the rain. A church in town used to always have a live Nativity, but they just couldn't manage it and stopped a few years ago. The kids always loved it.

  9. Oh and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas, Mimi. That is an awesome nativity!


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