I managed to make it to confession prior to mass. The nice thing was my son singing in the choir; my parents managed to make it over to hear and attend. It was really very beautiful and the high point of it all for us; I absolutely love the old Christmas songs. The recounting of the birth of Christ is always quite focusing.
We gave presents as a family on the 24th; then did Santa presents on the morning of the 25th (that guy gets around!) and then went over to the family party and more gifts. Excellent food, too!
Blessings of the holy Christmas season upon all, and best wishes for a productive and enlightening New Year.
To Praise, To Bless, To Preach--the Dominican Order