Be prepared, O Bethlehem; Eden opens now to all;
O Ephratha, ready make; for within the stable cave
from the Virgin Mary pure, the tree of life has blossomed forth.
For her womb is shown to be paradise in spirit
in which is the plant divine, from which having truly fed;
We will live forevermore, and not die as Adam did.
Christ the Lord is born to raise the image that had fallen long before.
–troparion of the pre-feast of the nativity
Christmas is here and we have settled into the slow moments of being together–right here. Our little home is tidied, the presents are wrapped, and my husband is smiling in the kitchen. The kids are filled with anticipation, and off to church tonight we go!
We’ve been fasting for 40 days and ready for a change.
Here’s what’s coming off the stove, and out of the oven tomorrow!
Breakfast: Green tea, hot coffee, orange juice whipped with a bit of cream. Chocolate chip scones and Scottish eggs.
Dinner: Beef tenderloin with pepper and parsley crust, ginger braised red cabbage, Brussel sprouts in brown butter and lemon, truffle cheese no-knead bread, polenta with pancetta, sweet and sour cippoline onions, with a bottle of Ridge/Lytton Springs 2008 Zinfandel.
Sending you all love, from our house to yours. May this season of love, peace, and giving fill your hearts with joy and thanksgiving.
And my prayers continue to speed toward those who are bathed in sorrow. May the light that shines from that stable cave, bring comfort and mercy…
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Have a joyous feast! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Christ is born, Anna!
Jane! We’re having chocolate chip scones for breakfast too! Leaving some for st. Nick! Christ is Born! Love, Tammy
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Merry Christmas Jane and fam!!!!!
we are also orthodox and also were fasting for 40 days and now I can’t wait for our Christmas goose:)
Have a very bright Christmas!!
Kh. Tammy, Heather, and Apseed! Christ is born. Glorify Him!!! Love to you all. We are here, almost at the breakfast table and basking in this moment. Sending you joy
Christ is Born! Your culinary delights sound so scrumptious! Hope you all have had a wonderful time with family in Arizona. We just returned from San Jose, hanging out with our super sweet grand baby (and of course the rest of the family!). Love you and hope for more time with you in 2013~