There was the usual Christmas Eve ritual.

They decorated the tree.

Betsy put on the golden harp from this year’s shopping expedition with Tacy.


Photos of the ornaments on the Christmas tree at Betsy’s house, 2013.

She hung the red ball she had bought last year, the angel from the year before.

The tree stood in the dining room, and its candlelight mingled with the soft light from the fire in the grate as Julia went out to the piano and they all sang, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Silent Night.”

(Quote from Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace)