Thursday, December 24, 2015

England Day Four: Christmas Eve in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Today was windy and rainy in Stratford-Upon-Avon. We got off to a late start and then went to Shakespeare's grave, which is inside a church. We kind of jumped onto a tour that was happening and listened to the guide. He said something interesting about Psalms 46 (46 words into it is "shake" and 46 works from the bottom is "spear.") Some people even thought Shakespeare helped translate the King James version of the Bible, but I'm not sure about that.

The girls wanted to sit for a while so they stayed at the public library to read, while Eric and I walked to the Avon River and nearby park to check it out. We saw swans, statues, trees wearing crochet sweaters. It was nice to be walking around just the two of us for a bit.

We picked up the girls and went to Benson's for afternoon tea. We had sandwiches, salads, fruit cake, scones & tea. One of our favorite things is having the tea experience while we're abroad. We also did a bit of shopping, then came back to our little house.

Eric and I went back to Shakespeare's church for their nativity in the evening, then built a fire at home and turned on "Little Women," ate shortbread cookies and some LemonLime with Mint soda we found at the market. We read from the Bible about Jesus' birth, then shared and listened to our favorite Christmas hymns. It wasn't a huge deal but our Christmas Eve was nice.

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