Before the Christmas Vigil Mass it has become a family tradition to have a buffet style dinner with shrimp, cheese, and other munchies. After that, we get ready for our candlelight procession.
Preparations for this night begin the day before when we decorate our tree and then close off the Christmas Room. No peeking allowed! The room remains sealed until after our procession.
We begin by lining up, youngest to oldest, in our family room. Dad lights everyone’s candles and we carefully walk through the hallway towards the Christmas Room, being careful not to set anyone’s hair on fire. (Yes, we did have a brief accident one year, but I thought fast and put the fire out quickly. No one was hurt, but we learned that burnt hair stinks!)
This year, Sophia, the youngest, carried the Baby Jesus to his creche.. Joseph read the gospel account of the Nativity from St. Luke. And then the Christmas Room was revealed. After we entered we sang some more carols, including Happy Birthday, and then we began opening gifts.
Generally, after everyone has opened a few of their own gifts, we get ready to go to the Vigil Mass. We assist at a Traditional Latin Mass and our chapel is usually decorated tastefully and beautifully for the birthday of Our Savior.