OK, that was totally worth it. I'm exhausted, bleary-eyed in fact, but after Mass, Father T told us how much we reminded him of his family because when he was young his parents always brought him and his five brothers and one sister to midnight mass. He gave us a special blessing and prayed with and for our family privately for a few moments. It was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.
This was my Christmas gift, we all agreed in the car afterward. A good and holy priest prayed with our family on the anniversary of our savior's birth, that these children might grow in strength, health, and holiness and serve God in all they do. I couldn't ask for more.
Jesus is born! Blessed are we! Unto us a child is born and He shall be called Wonderful!
Merry Christmas to all!