Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing You all a Merry Christmas...

Today is one of my favorite days of the year, Christmas Eve. It is a long standing tradition in my family for us to gather together on this special night, exchange gifts and enjoy each other's company. When I was little the anticipation of gifts made dinner seem so long! We would entertain ourselves by playing with candles, searching under the tree for gifts and playing games. My cousins and I shared such joy in passing out all of the gifts. After everyone opened their gifts we were glued to the t.v. to see where Santa's sleigh was. We would come home and Mom and I would watch midnight mass on t.v. before going to bed.

They were magical nights. Some years we started the evening at a church service, others simply around the table. Every year we cherished our time together. And we still do. These days it isn't about the gifts anymore. It is about being together. Celebrating Christ's birth and the year that has past, getting ready to rejoice in the next one. Everyone makes an effort to be there. It is rare that anyone misses our special night together. This is the big one!

We have simplified our time together even more in the past couple of years. Instead of cooking a big dinner we switched to spaghetti so that the focus was on family time, not cooking. This year we have taken it a step further- take out pizza! I am really excited about this. No fuss paper plates and just good time together.

Dave has to work tonight, the duties of a new job. I will miss him. We'll have breakfast with my folks tomorrow and head out for his family tradition. They meet together the day after Christmas! These family times are our favorites. This year the focus is definitely not on gifts but on time spent together. I love it and hope that we can keep it this way.

Do you have any special traditions for this special day?

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

3 comments:

Julie said...

I know! I actually woke up (before my alarm went off) with a smile on my face. I am looking forward to tonight.

Emily said...

Thank you for stopping by Kara. It was so nice to see you. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Maybe we can get together for a little girl time next week while Aaron is off to watch the kids, and Dave is working.

Joy said...

We started a new tradition this year with a dessert buffet and gift exchange here at our little house. It was so much fun to have family stopping by for 3 hours! I may even expand the list and stagger it more to make it even more fun next year. My mom also had dinner with us on Christmas Eve and that was special too. We kept our old traditions, but I'm welcoming new ones too and finding the season to be as bright and magical as ever! Merry Christmas Kara!

 
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