The traditional Christmas Eve gathering for lunch of O'Loughlins in Ballingate brought four generations together for one those family occasions that makes Christmas special. Mum's delicious home-made soup, some quiche from Dunne's, nibblies from M&S, plus some of Lar Duffy's home made cider were on the menu for lunch. We sang "Away in a Manger" as baby Hannah placed Baby Jesus in the crib. The drive back to Dublin is usually about slowing down to look at houses lit up with Christmas lights. However, that house across from Lawless's Hotel in Aughrim had no lights this year, and the best of all on the Glenealy side of Rathdrum had not yet turned on their lights.
Later it's choir for me at the vigil Mass in Blackrock (9 pm) - I look forward to belting our a few Christmas hymns. We have been practicing for both this evening and tomorrow. While it is a bit of a nuisance not to be able to have a jar, I am looking forward to a couple of pints in the Wishing Well after Mass.
|With my sister Kathleen.|