In the rare collision of calendar quirks, the fourth Sunday in Advent with Communion and the Christmas Eve service occur on the same day. After the morning services, I had 15 minutes for lunch before the dress rehearsal for the evening's drama. Once that concluded there was some more set-up and preparation in.
I managed a few hours of time with the family, including a hay wagon ride through the streets of Arkona, before heading back to the church for final tinkering, meeting and greeting.
In the end, no one set themselves on fire, the computer slide presentation progressed smoothly and the worship glitches were minor. The kids were adorable and the importance of the season was emphasized. Still, I'm glad it comes but once a year.