December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve!  YAY!  It's even better because my husband is HOME.  I'm so happy to have him back.  Now I feel like it can be Christmas.

My traditional Christmas Eve has changed over the years.  As a kid my parents and I would get together with our cousins so we could have dinner and exchange gifts.  Dinner was often Chinese food.  We would alternate houses and as we got older, my cousin & I (both of us are only children.  He was the brother I never had) would come up with reasons why it should be at our house.  It was fun.  Then we got older and we stopped getting together.

In the teen years my parents & I also started going to Christmas Eve services.  This was often a candlelight service.  I always loved the end with the lights out and all the candles lit.  After service we would head home and put all the presents under the tree.  We never put the presents under the tree until Christmas Eve because my mom was afraid that someone would look in the window, see the present and break in and steal them.  After they were all under the tree I was allowed to open 1 present.  Any present I wanted.  Sometimes two, depending on how excited we all were.  Then I would get into my new jammies and head to bed.  Unlike most children, I liked to sleep in on Christmas morning.   True story; My parents had to wake me up more than once on Christmas morning to open presents.  The older I got the earlier I wanted to get up.   I love the surprise of Christmas morning.  I NEVER looked for my present ahead of time.  I wanted to be surprised and I like the suspense.  It's always worth the wait!

2007 Stockings
Christmas Eve day was usually spent out buying stocking stuffers with my mom.  We would deliberately wait to buy these items.  Mom usually already had stuff, so this was extra.  I'm the kid that got more than one stocking.  Has anyone else ever gotten more than one stocking?  In my defense one year I got a pair of shoes in a stocking.  They were a pair of flats and they were the only thing in there.  As I got older and started doing stocking for my parents, I realized I'm just like my mom.  I tend to buy too much, so my parents would often have more than one stocking too.  I think it's a family thing!  Is it any wonder that I love stockings?

Now that I'm married, we're still working on our Christmas traditions.  It's our second married Christmas and thankfully we get to celebrate together.  I'm not sure how we're going to spend today.  I know we need to go grocery shopping.  We're also going to Christmas Eve services.  I think we're just going to enjoy being together after being apart for 2 months.  Having him home is the best gift I could get this Christmas!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!  How will you be spending it?

oh, in case you're 31, my parents still get me new jammies for Christmas Eve.  They got some for The Man too!


  1. Merry Christmas! I'm glad you get to spend the time with your husband.

    I'll be shopping and resting. We're not doing anything big until Sunday because I'm planning around my daughters in-laws.

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  3. Thanks for popping into my blog. I am so glad you did because now I can follow you too. I am so blessed by your blog and cannot wait to read more. I love hearing other people's Christmas stories and traditions. We just started doing the brand new jammies on Christmas eve for all the kids last year. I love seeing my girls and their little cousies pulling out their new jammies and dreaming about Christmas morning. We are away from home with all my family this year and the cousins are all reunited. Such sweet memories! Enjoy your Christmas!!!

  4. That is so funny about you getting multiple stockings! My husband is telling me that he's waking up at 5am to open a little kid. Ha! We're having a quiet Christmas Eve at home. We're going to a service tonight and then tomorrow, I'm cooking dinner! I'm a little nervous because it's Christmas dinner, but I've got it under control!

  5. Merry Christmas!! I'm glad your husband is home!! That truly is the best Christmas gift ever. Enjoy your day! :)

  6. Glad The Man is home! I also would've slept in on Christmas morning... BUT my sister was always that over-the-top excited kind of child, so she would wake me up! Sisters can be a real pain--we have to be over at her house at 8am tomorrow--still a pain :)

  7. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I'm so happy that you get to spend Christmas with your husband. I wish mine were home. Have a blessed holiday!


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