Writing this post in advance on Christmas Eve as I’ll be busy in the morning.
Only one thing left to say:
Each year our Christmas Eve looks a bit different.
This Christmas Eve morning so far looks like this:
A little gray cat who insisted I get out of bed a bit after dawn! And she’s now cozily snoozing away. Santa are you listening?
Two teenagers still sleeping. Both are going shopping later today. One on his own and one with me. A husband who went to “Home Depot” this morning. I think it’s code for I better go get my wife a present.
On the rest of my agenda today:
Shopping for a few last-minute gifts ( Even if I don’t get out today, it’s okay. Still, I must go out at least to take J so he can get things.)
Clean off the table, put the Christmas table-cloth on it. Make sure we have all the food for tomorrow. Prepare my overnight coffee cake. Stick the Christmas crackers in the tree.
Clean the rest of the house (make it presentable for tomorrow morning, not going for a deep clean at this point).
See if I can talk the family into going to look at Christmas lights just around the neighborhoods.
Have the boys open their Christmas Eve presents.
Christmas is almost here! I can tell because I feel like I’m living the Groundhog Day movie. Are we sure it’s not actually already February?
I have to amend today’s topic a bit because we don’t do Christmas dinner here. We’ll have Christmas morning breakfast.
My husband prepares biscuits and gravy. And hopefully, a few spare sausages. His wife (me) doesn’t like gravy. Neither do the boys. However, he loves it as do the rest of his family. We’ll also have fruit (my sister-in-law is bringing it though I did tell her the fruit in her Cherry Chip meringues would be enough). And whatever my other sister-in-law brings.
For drinks, coffee, orange juice, and one other fruit punch type drink. And of course, Christmas cookies! Thinking I may make an overnight coffee cake as well. A bit more special than cinnamon rolls.
Christmas “we’re all hungry!” between meals will probably be a frozen pizza or something else easy.
For Christmas dinner we’re going to my brother’s house. He’s not having the traditional meal but is getting a ham. He asked me to bring my Crunch Coleslaw plus maybe a dessert so that’s what I’m doing. I’m not sure what dessert yet.
And now, I must return to all my last-minute preparations including shopping, wrapping presents, cleaning the house, and folding the laundry pile that keeps appearing on the bed. Ugh…or rather ho ho ho!
I love the tradition of the Christmas tree and decorations so much I did a whole post series on it. You can see the posts about many of my special Christmas decorations by searching for Tree Branch Tales on the blog.
We’ve always had a fake tree. My father was a firefighter and I think had a fear of fire from a real, dry Christmas tree. Seems my mom once said how much he worried about my grown sister and her insistence on a real tree for her family.
We only recently replaced our tree around here with a new, smaller pre-lit tree. I was happy to find out my husband didn’t actually throw away our old, huge artificial tree. It’s in the attic waiting for a day when the living room furniture accommodates it again. I miss its ability to carefully hold each of our special decorations.
I put a decoration on our new tree and watched as it slid off the branch and broke. My husband said: It’s just a decoration. I said: No, it’s not just a decoration! All our ornaments are special.
So our tree sits mostly empty with 3 days to go until Christmas as I didn’t feel like risking more ornaments. It’s just been a bit of an off-year for it. However, it does hold two new (unbreakable) special ornaments!
The newest one is from my gift basket at work. This little mitten with the jingle bells is already a favorite.
And I also have my U.S. Capital Tree ornament hanging nestled in the branches.
If we had space and budget allowed, I’d probably drive my husband crazy by putting a tree in every room. Last year I did add some greenery to our kitchen doorway.
However, I mainly stick with my angels and Nativity sets.
What kind of Christmas tree do you have?
I opened 2 presents at work today! My lovely bosses gave us all the nicest gift baskets of treats along with such a lovely personal letter (definitely one for the boost file!).
I let the kids’ each open one present on Christmas Eve. However, they are the ones I’ve marked CE on the tags, the traditional pajamas and a book.
When I was quite a bit younger, I remember going to my grandparents on Christmas Eve and we usually opened presents from them there. As I grew a bit older, my mom would let me pick just one gift to open on Christmas Eve. Then, we always opened the rest of the presents on Christmas morning. And sometimes, we opened gifts in the early afternoon. Dinner was in the afternoon around 2 or 3 p.m.
My husband’s family had the tradition of opening presents on Christmas morning and then, eating breakfast. So we started going there for early morning Christmas, opening gifts, eating breakfast and spending the afternoon with my side. It worked well as our kids were super early risers on Christmas morning although we often had “where are you?” calls as we lived the furthest away from his parents. And mornings are still mornings even on Christmas.
Now, we are hosting my husband’s siblings for breakfast for the second year in a row (I do enjoy hosting!). So we’ll open our family presents early, then gifts with his brother and sister and their families (we exchange names).
And we’ll go have dinner at my brother’s house in the afternoon. My side doesn’t generally do as many presents. Too many of us! Some years, one of us will do it and some years we won’t. It’s whatever works for your family that year. It’s more about just being together.