Saturday and Sunday were caroling days for Sarah and I. She performed in a Christmas concert on Saturday afternoon and evening, that ended with a bilingual sing-a-long. It definitely took me be surprise when we switched languages, but I think I held my own (lyrically, not tonally) during most of the carols, due to some early childhood pageant experience in French Immersion Kindergarten. It’s amazing how that stuff sticks with you.
The following morning, our regular service at Church was taken over by the children. The older kids read the manger story from Luke, while the younger kids acted out parts of the story. The kids were awesome. Most were dressed in the typical Christmas pageant fare: tin foil halos and dish towel headdresses. One kid, who couldn’t find a proper sized robe, was sporting a bright red Superman cape instead.
My favorite part of the service was definitely the, slightly edited, reading of Matthew 2:12, when the wise men came bearing gifts to the new born baby Jesus.
On coming to the house, [the magi] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and Frankenstein and myrrh.