Happy Saturday, everybody! I’m so excited to be posting today because Christmas Eve is my very favorite day of the year. I’ve always loved Christmas Eve.
Back when I was a little kid, it was a night of wonder when I’d try to stay awake and hear the reindeer on the roof, but I invariably fell asleep. Sometime in the dark of the night, I’d wake up and sneak out to see if Santa had been yet. He always beat me to the punch, so to speak. I’d find piles of packages wrapped in 2 colors under the tree. In each stocking, there would be a piece of wrapping paper, indicating which boxes were mine, and which were my sister’s. I’d skulk quietly into the bathroom and shut the door silently, before turning on the light to see what was in my stocking.
When I was in high school and college, Christmas Eve meant a day of leisure before heading out for a fancy dinner, a midnight church service followed by gifts and champagne with friends and family until nearly 3:00 in the morning.
From age 28 through 35, Christmas Eve was the calm before the Christmas Expedition of driving all over creation on Christmas Day. From central Connecticut, to the Litchfield Hills, to NY State and back again. A couple of years, those trips took hours through blinding snow. Quite possibly, we went up hill both ways…without shoes. Well, you get the idea.
Now, with young children of my own, Christmas Eve is a welcome rest in a busy season. All the gifts will have been purchased and wrapped. We enjoy an early dinner before the Christmas Pageant at church. Preparations will be underway for the next day’s lounge and feast. The hectic big family party will be behind us with just the Grandparents coming to visit on Christmas Day. We eat and open gifts most of the day, often without even changing out of our pajamas. My husband has his trusty Get-Toys-Out-Of-Thier-Packaging tool kit handy. Worries about holiday bills are put on hold until the new year.
Yes, Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. All the excitement and anticipation of Christmas with the work behind me and the worries deferred. It’s a happy day filled with wonder as my young children sprinkle reindeer dust on the front lawn and prepare a dish of cookies and carrots for the midnight visitors.
I, in my kerchief, and Hubby in his cap, sit back and relax before the fire, and await the magic that we know the morning will bring. Peace on earth, and goodwill to you all. Whether or not your celebrate Christmas, have a wonderful day tomorrow. And don’t forget to notice those magic moments and commit them to memory.