25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas began with midnight Mass at the Kapuzinerkirche in Vienna - the church wherein the priests of the FSSP offer Mass in the traditional rite. We arrived around 2:00am, read the Christmas proclamation, lit the white candle in the center of the Advent wreath and the lights on the Christmas tree, and then dug into the Christmas cookies before finally going to bed. Of course, Maria and Thomas slept under the tree with Aunt Katie - a tradition which I believe owes its origin to Uncle Vince.

Cookies before bed.

Unwrapping presents in the morning.

A princess book for Maria.

Wild animals for Edmund (appropriately).

New hair clips and ribbons.

Lightning McQueen! Ka-chow!

Edmund's new bike (thanks Nana!)

Maria's new baby, whom she promptly named Elisabeth.

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