There's a bit of magic surrounding Christmas Eve. . .it's the holiest night of the year for Christians, and if Santa is more your style, it's the night he visits all the good children around the globe and brings them presents.
My kids are 12 and 6 now, and I still haven't found a Christmas Eve routine that I love. We spend Christmas Day with family. They are just a bit too far to visit on Christmas Eve too. Since it can be a work day, John typically works at least part of the day (and I used to when I worked in an office). So it's been tough to come up with something . . .
But, we do have some traditions that hold fast:
For the last several years, the boys and I build a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve Day.
Everyone gets to open a present - there is a pair of pajamas and an ornament for everyone.
We take a family picture in front of the Christmas Tree in our new pajamas.
After dark, we sprinkle Reindeer Food on the lawn for Santa's reindeer.
Before bed, we put out a plate of cookies & milk for Santa with some carrots for his reindeer too (if we remember to by carrots!).
After the wrapping is done, John and I sit back, admire the tree and count our blessings for another year.
What are your favorite Christmas Eve traditions?
catch you soon -