It's Christmas Eve, for children (and many adults) the most magical night of the year. Christmas Eve was always a very special time for me when I was a child, and it's remained so ever since, filled with its own rituals and traditions.
Tonight we have a bit of the bleak mid-winter; the air is cold, the ground white with new-fallen snow, the streets quiet and still. Some of you may have already attended church services, others are on their way or planning to go tomorrow. In the house the tree is trimmed, the presents wrapped, turkey and ham in the refrigerator ready for tomorrow's meal. Company is on the way, or already there.
And as we prepare to celebrate this day which the Lord has made, on behalf of all the Hadleybloggers from Minnesota to South Carolina, we wish each and every one of you a blessed and most joyous Christmas. Enjoy this day, revel in the moment, and cherish the memories for years to come.