When Darkness Falls…

…light is good.

John 8:12 (English Standard Version)

I Am the Light of the World

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


Our winters bring darkness early here in the Pacific Northwest. Last night we were pitch black by 5:30 in the afternoon. I really enjoy lights in the winter. They always have a special brightness.

All that’s left around our house to do for Christmas is to make sure we have all the items we need to make our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner. Since we are having a rib roast with all the trimmings on Christmas evening I’ve decided to make Borsch for our smaller Christmas Eve time. Christmas morning it is our tradition to have Swedish pancakes that Dear expertly makes for all of us but not till after stockings.

What do you eat on Christmas Eve and on Christmas?

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “When Darkness Falls…

  1. I was just thinking how blessed we are to be cozy in our lighted warm homes. ..with twinkling lights especially beautiful right now.
    Your menu sounds perfect.

  2. Lights in the winter time are definitely a welcome sight!

    Chocolate cake on Christmas Eve after church when growing up was always a must… I have tried to make that a tradition here too. 🙂

    Spinach/artichoke dip as a snack on Christmas day before presents time.

  3. In the deep dark of our northern winter, I, too, love the lights! Christmas Eve after church we enjoy Smoked Salmon on French bread spread with cream cheese and topped with thin red onion rings; broiled mushroom croustades; brie cheese and an assortment of crackers; sliced turkey; veggie platter and a platter of German Christmas baked goodies. For our hot Christmas Dinner – probably next week when the other kids can come – will be a Rouladen Dinner with all its trimmings! Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. Years ago we used to serve an Indonesian dinner on Christmas Eve. I’ve revived the traditon this year– coconut beef, fried rice, yellow rice, vegetables with peanut sauce. Christmas Day– the usual tri tip beef and salmon, potatoes, veggies and pies.

  5. I grew up eating the nastiest Vegetable soup on Christmas Eve. :o) This year we’re going to my parents and they have both been sick…not sure what is going to happen. They wouldn’t change plans…maybe we’ll have that Christmas pizza my hubby has always joked about. Love the harbor pic. I’m usually thinking by 7 that it has to be 10 or later since it has been DARK so long. But now we’re on the upward swing to longer days. Ellen…may your Christmas be filled with extravagant joy in the simple things! You are a jewel…looking forward to a new year peeking into your world some more. Merry Christmas!

  6. This Christmas Eve we are going to friends for dinner. I hear there will be a Honey Baked ham! Christmas morning we bake Orange Rolls. They are drizzled with frosting and melt in our mouths! A sausage and egg casserole tops off the morning celebrations. We then prepare for a later family time with all the trimmings. It’s a special day that we love to share with family and friends.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!! You are home!!

  7. Beautiful photo! We do an appetizer buffet on Christmas Eve…after the church service. Then on Christmas Day we have mid-morning brunch…with the same menu every year (the kids won’t allow me to change it!)…Christmas Morning Wife-saver (strata), fruit salad, croissants. We have our turkey dinner on another day.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family….gathered around your table!

  8. I also love the lights … lights outside and candles inside. .. such a beautiful reminder that Jesus came to bring light into this dark world.

  9. We will have Tortiere – French Canadian Meat Pie – on Christmas Eve, with homemade ketchup. On Christmas Eve before I go to bed I’ll set out a pan of Monkey Bread to rise by the wood stove so that on Christmas morning everyone will wake up to the smell of yummy yeast dough and Cinnamon. I used to knock myself out with breakfast – who knew that they’d all be happy with buns?! 🙂
    Christmas dinner will be Turkey, Danish braised potatoes, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, yams – in short, a mish-mash of old and new world cuisine!

  10. Christmas eve is time for the traditional Lasagne meal! lol…Hub’s mother started this one, way back when. Christmas Day we’ll have a roast beast this year, though we tend to have turkey most years, I think. As Hubby Dearest has to be at work in the afternoon of the DAY, I won’t be able to make my Christmas morning scones with tea or coffee…
    Hope your Christmas is an especially merry one!

  11. On Christmas Eve we have and assortment of appetizers for supper. Suits my guys very well, indeed!

    Christmas Day, we have rib roast, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with golden raisins and almonds, popovers, maybe a fruit salad, and pie for dessert. Just typing this makes my mouth water!

    Have a really wonderful Merry Christmas, Ellen!

  12. Pizza on Christmas Eve and a variety of things over the years for Christmas Day. This year we’re having a honeybaked ham but my favorite is when we’ve had lamb or our smoked turkey. But this year’s dinner was a special gift from a friend who knew that I wasn’t up to my regular cooking schedule this year. That alone makes this dinner super delicious.

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