Christmas Eve Traditions
I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to certain holidays. Christmas in particular has several traditions for me and my family. Christmas Eve is about spending time with family and a time when I am at my cheesiest and my loved ones are truly spoiled by me.
The events start once the sun goes down. I cook dinner, usually Mexican food. Enchiladas are on the menu this year. We always sit down as a family at dinner time but for this meal festive holiday music plays throughout the house. I have to admit that Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" is my favorite Christmas song, but I gleefully sing along to all the classics as well.
While sitting down for dinner we turn on the "Santa Tracker", which is a fun interactive app on the television that shows you where Santa currently is at based on time zones. My youngest daughter loves it. After dinner we make hot chocolate and coffee and head out for the drive around to look at neighbor's Christmas lights. Driving around looking at lights is one of my favorite things to do.
After returning home from looking at lights, it's time to open the stocking stuffers. Everyone has beautiful customized stockings hanging over the fireplace. I ordered them a few years ago from Pottery Barn and they came with free embroidering. Just in case you are interested. I try to keep stocking stuffers simple with maybe just a new phone case or gift card.
Lastly I send the kids upstairs to their rooms to anticipate Santa's "arrival". Although I am pretty sure the kids really don't believe in Santa anymore it's still fun to pretend anyway. The hubby and I will do a quick clean up and I prep for the following day's Christmas brunch. I usually do a big spread since this is the only meal until Christmas dinner.
So now you know how I will be spending my Christmas Eve. How are you spending your Christmas Eve? I hope your Christmas Eve and Christmas day are special and oh so wonderful.