A Special Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas!

My Christmas actually started on Christmas Eve, when Derek told me to open one of my presents, which was quite an unusual shape. I opened it and then I started crying.

Derek named a star after me! Henceforth, a star in the Camelopardalis constellation shall be called "Callie [Our Last Name]". It was such a sweet and romantic gift, and I teared up when I saw it.

It came with a beautiful ornament which went directly up on the tree.

The rest of the day we spent with last-minute shopping and the candlelight service at our church.

That evening Derek and I drove to a more open area and made our first attempt to find my star. My star is in the constellation Camelopardalis, so our first job was to find that. We started out with Orion's belt, since that's a pretty easy landmark to find, but we got a little lost trying to find Triangulum.

One of Derek's major interests is astronomy, and he's really good at it - we took one of his books to help us find the star, and I honestly don't know how we'd even get close to finding it without the book.

Finally we got a little cold, so we decided to call it a night and come back again for another attempt at finding it. I actually think it will be a fun project to do together, and I'm looking forward to our next night of stargazing!

After that we went home, sat by the tree with some sparkling cider (it's one of our traditions), and listened to some Christmas music while we talked.

It was probably on of my favorite Christmas Eves ever.

P.S. Christmas recap coming soon.

Camelopardalis image from Astronomy.net.
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Julie S. said...

What a great gift!

Melanie said...

That is such a sweet gift!! You will have to let us know when you find it in the sky!

Amber said...

What an awesome Christmas Eve surprise! Good job, Derek!

Jessica said...

Aww, what a special night! So cool that Derek had a star named after you!! That reminds me of A Walk to Remember. Have you seen the movie?

And congratulations to your sister!!

Anne said...

This makes me smile. What a sweet Christmas Eve.

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