Yesterday`s party was, despite my expectations, a delight. DD3 and 4 absolutely adored it. Elinor`s parents did all the food themselves...and proper children`s party food, not just fries and burgers. The entertainment was a real puppet theatre and a whole host of puppets - D4 sat enraptured for a whole hour, and that has to be a first :-) I could see how that could be downscaled to a manageable and affordable party for my kids in the future. The party got me thinking about how great the rejoicing of Joachim and Anna must have been when the Theotokos was born, after so many years of barrenness and grief. What delight there must have been amongst their friends and relations to see this pious and holy couple blessed by God with a child - and such a special child, whose name would be renowned throughout the world, before whom even the Holy Angels would show reverence. May you all have a happy and blessed Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, and may she always pray for us and our salvation !