Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Day

The best thing about Midnight Mass in Besune's Notre Dame Cathedral is that it takes place from 8:00 till 9:00 pm!  Very reasonable time, don't you think?  Despite an early departure from Rue de Lorraine, we were some of the last to arrive and had to sit up the back. Still, good amplification meant that we could hear all the words spoken. Comprehension of those words remained problematic. I did catch the odd "Seigneur" and "Bethlehem", though and I applied my strong Methodist upbringing to the fore to fill in the gaps. We witnessed the arrival of the Christ Child (Jesus) borne aloft by our priest and followed by all the kids carrying candles. We sung along with the strident singing guitarist lady as best we could (in typical Methodist fashion), but sneaked out just before the taking of communion by the hundreds of assembled faithful.

Out into the extremely mild night WITH NOT A SOUL IN SIGHT. Never seen the joint so empty of people!

So now we sit up in bed waiting for the children to hop up and rush to the tree to see if Santa has truly made it down the chimney with arms full of presents. The test will be to see if the carrots we left out for the reindeer have been eaten. I know you think that this is a flight of fancy on my part, but believe me that it is all as I relate. Right down to the Christmas tree with fairy lights. The thing is, you see, that the whole Rose family are Christmas FREAKS - led more than ably by Stephanie and Ally. Should be a great day when they hop up. Very sad that Dear Georgia is not here to complete the Christmas picture ...

I'll let you know what transpires. 


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