I wish you all a very beautiful continuation of Advent, and hope you had a lovely Sunday break.
Today was a beautiful day. We (meaning me and my family) took a little jaunt down to Markleeville and had a wonderful time browsing all the little handcrafted things that were on display today. The folks at Markleeville had put on “The Magical Markleeville Christmas Faire,” which was quite fun. They had a bunch of little things, like candles and wood carvings, and some utterly gorgeous jewelry for sale. There was an abundance of hot cider everywhere, which was yummy, and we were able to go through the Markleeville museum, check out their very old (and VERY cold) jail, as well as the very awesome blacksmith shop.
There was also Christmas caroling, which was jolly. A couple of women gathered a group of folk together, including me and my sisters and parents, and we sang a bunch of traditional Christmas songs. I think that was the best part of the day, standing with a bunch of total strangers and singing the glorious words from O Come, all ye faithful: “God of God, Light from Light Eternal, Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb,” and “Silent night.” As we sang they lit the town Christmas tree, which was rather hard to see in the sunshine. It would have made more of a statement if the tree had been lit at night. Then you could have seen the whole thing light up, and that would have been rather gorgeous. Oh well.
They also had a Santa Claus who was seeing all the children and listening to their wish lists. We took the little girls to see Santa, and since they were both so very shy Santa saw both of them at once, and that seemed to help relax them. He asked them what they liked for Christmas, made sure that the rest of us older girls were behaving (we got five-star ratings from the youngest girls!) and gave them a little packet of Christmas candy. That was rather fun.
At the end, we made a Christmas wreath out of fresh pine boughs, pinecones, and some ribbons that were provided by the shopkeeper. Then that was that. We went off with our spoils, and all in all a lovely day was had by all.
PRAYER FOR EACH EVENING OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT:
O Lord, stir up our hearts we pray, to prepare the way of Thine only begotten Son, that through His coming we may attain to serve Thee with pure minds. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God bless, and Merry Christmas!