If I had to pick my very very (very) favorite holiday, it would actually be Christmas Eve. Maybe it’s not even technically a holiday, but to me, it’s my favorite day of the year. There are many reasons why, the reasons either falling into happy memories of days gone by or anticipation of things to come.
When we were little, Christmas Eve was always a special night around here. We usually went to church, some years my sister and I were even in the children’s choir and got to sing all of those beautiful Christmas songs to the congregation. Some years we had family friends over, other years we spent the night simply as our family of five. Dinner was always fun fare – appetizers and finger foods including shrimp cocktail, mozzarella sticks, spinach dip, etc. We would almost always get a new pair of pajamas. We would also get to open one (and only one) present – something from our parents since Santa brought all of the gifts on Christmas morning. Before we turned in for the night, we would watch a movie together and some years we would read either The Night Before Christmas or The Polar Express.
Now that I am grown and have my own kiddos, I find my family doing many of the same things on Christmas Eve that I loved as a kid. We host a big dinner for 20ish of our closest family and friends and it’s a wonderful night of holiday-themed happy celebrating. I look forward to it every single year!
I think that my absolute most favorite part of Christmas Eve is the excited air of anticipation! Christmas is so close yet not over. No need to be sad, just happy, grateful and excited.
A few years ago we started a really fun tradition with our kids and I wanted to share it with you! Every year on Christmas Eve, our kids are gifted a Christmas Eve Box. The contents of this box can be anything you’d like!
Our Christmas Eve Box always contains:
- New pair of pajamas for each kid
- Hot Chocolate
- Reindeer Food to sprinkle on the lawn before bed
- New Christmas movie that we can watch together
I would love to hear about your Christmas Eve traditions! Do you do anything special year after year?
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