Christmas and Easter are the two most significant holy days for Christian believers, so with that in mind I "borrowed" the graphic below from a friend's Facebook page to begin my post today.
Hosting the family gathering on Christmas Eve has been a tradition ever since our children got married. They spend Christmas Day with their in-laws, or stay at home with their own families, while my hubby and I spend our day relaxing with no set agenda. I enjoyed watching a replay of Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message today.
Christmas Eve leftovers on Christmas china. ;-) Hot Cinnamon Spice tea for hubby and Cranberry Autumn and Candy Cane Lane for me.
It's our tradition to have a birthday cake for Jesus every year. We typically have it on Christmas Eve, but when the family gathered up their things late last night to go home I discovered we forgot the birthday cake. So hubby and I cut two slices today and ate it by ourselves. I sure did miss hearing the grandkids sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.
Santa was very good to me this year. I got a new portable Singer sewing machine, a Department 56 Tea House [that I didn't know existed], porcelain teapot wall hooks, a crackle glass candle holder, a teapot planter, and gift cards to Barnes and Noble, and Sur la Table.
Close-up of Department 56 Tea House - Potter & Yang Oriental Tea [Canton Tea Trading].
I'm sure there's room for one more tea house on top of the bookcases! ;-)
As wonderful as all these gifts are, the best gifts are  Knowing God sent His Son into the world to redeem mankind from their sins, and  My family.
I'm signing off now to go watch a Christmas Movie, with a cozy log burning in the fireplace. After having the entire family together last night [16 in all], the house seems very quiet today.