Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Family Christmas Time

What a joy to gather once again with family members to celebrate Christmas.  It does not matter that we could not meet on the 25th.  What matters is that we could meet.  We all met on Saturday, the 17th because that worked for all of our schedules.  The day included lunch, games, devotions, gift exchange, and the highlight – skyping with Jeremy and Esther!
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I am always awed and so very thankful at the day and age in which we live.

These are some of the games we played so the kids could have some fun and they did,  but for some reason the pictures got skipped. Sad smile

  • Can you stack the cups game – How many cups can you stack in one minute in pyramid fashion?
  • Balloon Relay – the first person in line hits the balloon with a ruler around the chair and back to the next person
For devotions we took turns reading verse on the Christmas Story from Luke, Chapter 2 and singing carols that went along with the verses.  One of my grand daughters said this was her favorite thing that we did.  
 
Reader: Luke 2:1-5 

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie 
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by 
Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light 
The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight 
O holy Child of Bethlehem Descend to us, we pray 
Cast out our sin and enter in Be born to us today 
We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell 
O come to us, abide with us Our Lord Emmanuel

Reader: Luke 2:6-7

Away in a manger,

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes

But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky

And stay by my side, 'Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care

And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

 

Reader: Luke 2:8-11

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord

That hath made Heaven and earth of nought And with his blood mankind has bought.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!


Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled"

Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a Virgin's womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings Ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

 

Reader: Luke 2:12-14

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see Christ Whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

Reader: Luke 2:15-16

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "


Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love.

 

Reader: Luke 2:17-18

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere

Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching Over silent flocks by night

Behold throughout the heavens There shone a holy light.

The shepherds feared and trembled When lo! above the earth,

Rang out the angels chorus That hailed the Savior’s birth.

Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born

And God sent us salvation That blessèd Christmas morn.

 

Reader: Luke 2:19-20

O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him,

Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation,

Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word. Give to our Father glory in the Highest;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning,

O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

 

Reader: Matthew 2:1-2

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar

Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice

Alleluia, Alleluia Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light


Gospel Bells, Gospel Bells, Ring them all the day,

Ring them while you’re at your work and while you’re at your play.

Gospel Bells, Gospel Bells, Ring them all the day,

Ring out the news that Jesus died to take your sins away!

 


Below you can see some of our pictures.  A favorite present was the Daniel Boone costumes that I made for three of our grandsons which included a coon skin cap.  They kept those outfits on the rest of the day.  It made their day and mine too!
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We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;

Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’ll be adding another post with our year in review.

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