Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope everyone is feeling happy and festive today!
This year, my Christmas Eve will be a bit different than in years past. Usually, I get together with my family, after 4:00PM mass, to exchange gifts and spend time together. This year, my side of the family held our Christmas Eve celebration on Sunday, and tonight will be spent with Chris’s family. We will end the night by attending midnight mass (hopefully I’m not too sleepy!).
This year’s “change of tradition” got me thinking about how I’ve celebrated the holidays.
Christmas Eve has always been spent as mentioned above, with my mom and aunt taking turns hosting each year (my cousin took a few years, too).
When I was younger, Christmas morning came with an early wake up call. My sister and I would go into my parents’ room and ask them if we could open presents. Sometimes we’d get directed to go back to bed for a little while longer. If we had waited long enough—you know, like until 5:00AM—we’d be allowed to look through our stockings while our parents made their way downstairs.
The rest of the Christmas holiday would be spent visiting with grandparents, or as the years went on, staying at home and enjoying all of our new gifts.
Since being married, our Christmas morning traditions have changed a little bit. For the past few years, Chris and I have headed to my parents’ house for breakfast, followed by gift opening. This year, my dad won’t be getting home from work until 8:00AM Christmas morning, so we’ve pushed everything back a few hours and will be going over there for lunch. Either before or after my parents’ house (the timing is still up in the air!), we’ll also visit with Chris’s parents and siblings. This year will be much different for me since I have to go to work the day after Christmas—I’m used to those nice, lengthy teacher holidays.
I can only imagine how holiday traditions will continue to change and evolve as the years go by. The most important part, though—and what everything centers around—is time spent with family.
What’s one of your family’s holiday traditions?