Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Eve in Pictures

Baby Jesus will arrive soon!

On Christmas Eve some of my family came over for dinner after they attended Mass. (We always attend either the Midnight or Christmas Day Mass.)  Here are some pictures I managed to take throughout the evening! 

Madonna and Child

.: A Few Pictures :. 
Really wishing I would have had someone snap a family picture for us again this year... 
Maybe on New Year's Eve! 

.: Christmas Eve Dinner :. 

I made homemade Cream of Broccoli and Beefed Up Barley Soups, Mom provided the meats and cheeses, and my Aunt Bridget made amazing deviled eggs.  I also picked up a veggie platter, chips and salsa, cookies, and baked a chocolate Cathedral Cake. It was a simple meal but still delicious! 

.: Christmas Puzzles :. 
After finishing the Noah's Ark puzzle, we started the Our Lady of Guadalupe puzzle once again!
This week we are working on The Twelve Days of Christmas

 .: A Few Gifts on Christmas Eve :. 
Looking through the Family Photo album I helped my mom assemble.
 She gave a copy to all 12 of us siblings for Christmas!  
Sean picked out a board book and Tug Boat for our niece (his goddaughter) which she loved! 

.: Decorating Gingerbread Houses :. 

.: Presents and Stockings All Ready for Christmas Day :. 

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


  1. Jessica, seeing all the building you all do -- with Legos, graham crackers, etc., I have to share a documentary we just watched. It's called Building the Great Cathedrals. Fabulous exploration of medieval architecture and engineering, and some great Catholic history too! I majored in art history, and studied a lot of Gothic architecture, so knew the basics of flying buttresses, etc., but we still learned a lot.

    Here's a description:

    Program Description

    Take a dazzling architectural journey inside those majestic marvels of Gothic architecture, the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais and other European cities. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, some cathedrals now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues. NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their towering, glass-filled walls and reveals the hidden formulas drawn from the Bible that drove medieval builders ever upward.

    1. That sounds excellent! We will have to check it out. Thanks!

    2. We watched that too on Christmas evening! I've got it bookmarked to watch again with the children.

  2. I love the Hobbit Hole Gingerbread House! And seeing my sweet godson in his handsome sweater!

    1. Isn't it cute - the Hobbit Hole and the sweater! :) I thought the gumdrop Ent throwing boulders at the Tower of Orthanc was pretty creative too! lol

  3. Looks like such a wonderful Christmas! The girls sweater dresses are darling too! The gumdrop Ent is my favorite!

  4. Love that cathedral cake! And Rose's hair is adorable!! And then with that hat and dress...absolutely precious. I love seeing posts from your family get-togethers. They just look so fun. :) lol. Loving the idea of putting candy in cupcake tins too. God bless:)

    P.S. one more thing... :) your tree looks like it turned out pretty good considering the hassle you went through to get one! Lol

  5. I like those creative gingerbread houses eh ;)

  6. So beautiful. I'm living vicariously through your photos this year : )
    SPECIAL thanks to you for posting!

  7. Thank you for linking the Mary statue and the puzzle- those are so beautiful, and I have them both on my wish list. God bless you, and Merry Christmas!


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