Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Memories

Click on the link, and when the music starts playing, minimize the screen. That should bring you back here to read while you listen.

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of the first time our family (I was in high school or college) spent the week at Weston Priory in Vermont. We stayed in a renovated barn heated by a wood furnace. The monks cut down a giant tree for us, which we covered with paper snowflakes. Most of the family went skiing nearby while I played in the deep snow with my little sister who could walk on top of the ice crust. We walked through the woods to attend 5:00 a.m. prayer in the darkness with the monks. They sang then, and during the Christmas Eve mass which was followed by a breakfast brunch. Was it midnight mass? My mom must remember many more details than I do. It was a peaceful, active, reflective, religious, family Christmas.

I finally bought myself a "monk cd" as we call it, and am savoring their songs of Advent and Christmas.

Do you remember your favorite Christmas?


knittygirl said...
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Kerry said...

I was trying to leave a comment linking to my newer (typepad), but it wouldn't let me for some reason! Anyway, I'm glad you are enjoying the sword book! And I enjoyed your description of Weston Priory. We don't live far from Vermont, but have never been there. Sounds lovely!

Frau Nelson said...

That is one of my favorites of all time too. In fact, all of the Christmases in Weston were great, but that one was the best. Do you have "Winter Coming Home" on that cd? That was always my favorite and I think I can still hear it. Ah!

Barbara said...

I remember two Christmas albums. Winter's Coming Home is the one I don't have--YET!