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Our Christmas Eve is spent preparing for the celebrative birth of Jesus. There is commotion going on all day. Here is a list of things we do:
- Songs. We play Christmas songs on our surround sound system all day long. Cynthia has a huge Christmas song playlist, and I like to put on “Classical Christmas” on Pandora.
- Present prep. The kids wrap their final presents. Everyone gets gifts for everyone. Fourteen kids at home X 14 gifts = 196 gifts. Not including Wendy and mine (we wrap ours at night). Of course, the little kids don’t give as much as they receive, but the older ones are really into the giving.
- Cooking. Cooking prep for Christmas. We eat more tomorrow than today. The ham will be taken out to thaw, and Wendy may have to run to the store to get last-minute items.
- Evening celebration. Our evening is the spiritual celebration of Christmas. We read from Luke, we finish up our Advent book (this year it’s Tabitha), we open and add to our Thankful Ornament, and we give gifts to Jesus.
- Planning “gifts to Jesus.” These are short performances or a creation of some kind – a drawing, a poem, a song, playing an instrument, etc. The children will spend time preparing their gifts.
We love our Christmas Eve traditions, and the kids do too. They always try to persuade me to allow them “just one gift opening” the night before, but I refuse. I think I allowed it once in the 1990s – a time of weakness on my part – and trying to persuade me again on Christmas Eve has become a tradition of itself. No, we focus on the greatest of all the gifts, Jesus, on the eve of His birth.
They also try to change the rules for Christmas morning. We’ll have some waking at 2:30 am, and if we don’t stay firm on the rules, they’d gladly wake the entire household and there’d be restless chaos. So here’s our rule. The kids may rise at 5:00 and only unstuff their stocking, and they are NOT allowed to wake up their siblings. At 6:30, they are allowed to wake up the rest of the family, and we’ll get on with the gift opening.
What about you? How do you celebrate Christmas Eve? Or Christmas morning? We LOVE to read of other’s traditions, so share away…