Second Christmas Day

The title of this post makes me think of Hobbits who have second breakfasts!

2nd breakfast

As I mentioned in my post last night, Second Christmas Day, December 26th, is reserved for my family. But first this morning, Mr Esther made us another nice brunch at home for just the four of us…

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In the afternoon it was off to my mom’s. Her house is filled with candles and I had a Christmas cake made…

My mom always does a reading and a little speech for the family. My older sister, who is Jewish, also lit the fifth Hanukkah candle…

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We also commemorate loved ones we have lost and everyone lights one candle in memory, Mr Esther was the first one to light a candle.

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At the end of the evening our memorial shrine looked like this, with pictures of the loved ones lost accompanying the candles. The paintings are paintings my mother did of Mary and Mary with child.

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We had gifts to exchange which my daughter (in all black) and her cousin (in the pink top) handed out to people.

We had a buffet dinner, everyone had brought something…

… and we ended with a little candle ceremony, wishing each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in song.

It was a lovely, warm afternoon and evening and I know that, unlike many other people, I am very lucky to have family like that to spend it with! In all honesty, though, at the end of it all I was tired of all the socializing and celebrating we’ve been doing for the past 3 days and it’s good to be home again, on my couch, unwinding. Tomorrow is a day with very few plans and that is good…

9 thoughts on “Second Christmas Day

  1. Ahhh Esther all this looks so nice and wRm and do my eyes spy a dress on your daughter? Tell her she looks gorgeous and should wear them more!
    Hope you relax tomorrow and again best wishes for a wonderful next few days and a joyous and healthy New Year!! 😘❀️

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    1. Thank you again!
      Yes, my mom convinced her to wear the dress she wore to that gala. She did take other clothes with her to change into if she got uncomfortable but, kudos to her, she kept the dress on all afternoon and evening! I think it helped that her cousin, who also doesn’t like to wear dresses, was wearing a skirt. πŸ™‚ Everyone has been telling her she looks gorgeous in the dress but she’s a teen, who knows what she’ll do with that info. πŸ˜‰

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        1. LOL on destroying every skirt! Actually, I think she liked wearing it a bit more than she anticipated, due to all the positive feedback she got. So, she’ll keep it… for now… Who knows if she’ll ever wear it again, though.

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  2. Servetus

    “Second Christmas Day” has disappeared as an occasion around here, but the expression for Dec 26 has remained among older German Americans. I’m sure they had the whole two day event, complete with church attendance, as children.

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