Merry Christmas from our home to yours! Last night we all enjoyed the Girotti Family's annual Christmas program. The tradition began back when the kids were knee high to grasshoppers (as they say down south)!
Back in the early years, Tom read from Luke 2, and all four kids participated in the nativity story as Joseph (Micah), Mary (Hannah), a shepherd (Jonathan), and an angel (Sarah). Here's a picture from '89. Is that adorable or what?
As the years go by the productions have gotten a bit more sophisticated with various readings, solos, duets, flutes, guitars, whistle, keyboard, and hammered dulcimer being a part of the program. All the kids work hard to come up with the songs and arrangements each year. Jonathan and/or Hannah types up a program for us to follow along and sing on designated songs, and Aunt Bet participates by reading poems and stories. The rest of the family listens, enjoys, and asks for encores of our favorites.
One of the songs this year that was a favorite was "See, Amid the Winter's Snow."
"See, amid the winter's snow, Born for us on earth below, See the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever blessed morn! Hail, redemption's happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem."
A new one to me this year was "Jesus, the Light of the World" written back in the 1890s. The tune has stayed with me all today, and I think I may request it again next year!
All our company leaves tomorrow. What a quiet, less rambunctious house this will be without the two dog cousins barking at each other!
We hope you had a wonderful celebration of Jesus' birthday! See you next week on the blog!