Saturday, 24 December 2011

Escaping from Dragons

Downstairs on this Christmas Eve is a dragon, a few minutes ago there was a talking lion and to preserve my sanity (fat chance), i am writing this.

After a lovely "Carols from Kings", always a part of my Christmas Eve, I had a brief break from interminable TV, switched back on 
and got hooked on "Narnia", followed by "Merlin".

Now I can suspend disbelief with the best of them but two giant helpings in one long, long evening is just too much.

At some stage I have to gather my wandering wits and tired body into chorister mode, leaving the house at 10.45 pm, when I ought to be going to bed.  Midnight Mass will see a bunch of tired, pale faced .......well, what would you call them (us)?

Christians? Some, revellers? a few, curious novelty seekers? maybe, but with one common purpose.  To welcome the birth of Jesus.  

Two years ago I attended my first ever midnight mass and was totally bowled over by it.  Last year, a member of the choir by now, I should have celebrated my first midnight mass from the 'operating' side, so to speak, but a dose of flu wiped Christmas off the map.  So this will be my first time as a member of the choir.

At this moment I feel as much like singing as climbing Everest in a bikini, but no doubt the necessary energy will arrive in time and the wonderful atmosphere will do the rest.

As I probably won't be in bed before 1.30 am and have to get up in time for the Christmas Day Eucharist at 10, I will take this opportunity to say to anyone reading this blog. A merry and blessed Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New year to you all.

8 comments:

  1. And to you Ray, and to you!

    Every blessing, always.

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  2. Between chopping onions & sampling guacamole I'm taking a much needed rest from my Christmas Eve escapades (sounds much more exciting than "cooking"). It's afforded me an opportunity to visit a few blogs, and to pick up some warm & heart "merry christmases" for my collection. Thank you for yours.

    By the way ... you definitely have pluck, Ray. That, and a great sense of humor. In fact, I just have to pay a visit to the dictionary to be I called it rightly: courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds : dogged resolution. Yep! Courageous & resolute fit.

    Merry Christmas,
    Kathleen

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  3. David, blessings duly noted and tucked away for safe-keeping. Thanks.

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  4. Kathleen, spare my blushes. You really are over-egging the pudding.
    Sense of humour, well yes, thankyou, It's part of the survival kit, but as for the rest.....not really!

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  5. Happy you were able to sing this year...I feel the most connected with God when I'm singing (not by myself, with a group)!

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  6. Happy you were able to sing this year...I feel the most connected with God when I'm singing (not by myself, with a group)!

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  7. Glad you made it to Midnight Mass, Ray, as did we oop north in Yorkshire. After a great crib service at 6pm with Grandson #2 as Joseph, Grandson #1, considered old enough this year at 12, attended his first Midnight to sing in the choir and play a descant on his trumpet.

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  8. I too am very glad to have made the Midnight Mass and Christmas morning services this year, but of course, I paid the price thereinafter
    Your crib service and Midnight Mass must have been a lovely experience for you all.
    It is wonderful for the young choristers to be allowed the 'grown-up' service.

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