Thursday, December 24, 2009
Christmas Eve - a very special time. In our neighborhood we have a tradition of lighting luminaries along the entire street on Christmas Eve. It has become quite an attraction and many people drive through on their way to or from evening church services. The candles we use stay lit from about 4:30 p.m. (dusk) until the wee hours of the morning (one year I finshed wrapping after 2 a.m. and they were still going strong).
The first step is the folding of the bags. I am very particular about this - the tops must be folded under twice and creased to stay away from the candles. I sat in this rocking chair and folded 70 bags this afternoon (if only the Cricut could do that for me!).
Next, my husband adds a couple of scoops of sand and the candle to the bag. We were lucky this year - the weather is cold but no rain and not windy - perfect conditions for the luminaries. If it rains too hard we have to move the date and it just isn't the same....
Then the bags are carried out to the street and spaced as evenly as possible by our sons. We usually do them for our neighbors across the street since they go away at Christmas but don't want there to be a "gap" in the coverage.
The snow takes care of any unintentional mini-bonfires - fortunately that doesn't happen very often (usually only if it is windy).
Here is the view down the street - I had to wait for a chance to take a photo when no cars were driving through. The effect is really magical and it is fun to have a few minutes to catch up with neighbors as we all get our luminaries set up and then wander along the street enjoying the lights and the candles.
We'll be off to the late church service soon. One more tradition that has to happen on Christmas Eve is the opening of the handmade ornaments from Grandma Felicia. She has been making dated ornaments for all of the grandchildren and great nieces and nephews for many years now and each of our sons has a nice collection of special ornaments.
I hope you all are having a relaxing and cozy time with family and friends. Merry Christmas!