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Growing up we didnt do anything special on Christmas Eve.

When I got married and had kids we started making our own traditions. Dec 1st 2 little magic elves arrive and return to the North Pole the night of Dec 23 .... so Christmas Eve the kids will wake up to find 2 gifts each from their Elf friend either under their bed room tree or under the main Christmas Tree ... new PJs and an ornament. After breakfest the kids will exchange their gifts with each other and start tracking Santa. While they are playing with their new toy, hubby and I will be busy in the kitchen working on the dessert pies and the Christmas eve dinner. We host a few friends/family for Christmas eve dinner.

By the time we finish dinner, Santa will make his rounds through the neighborhood on the local Fire Truck and his helpers hand out candy canes to the kids who come out to see him. The kids love listening for the fire truck sirens.

That night we will snuggle up withthe kids and watch a Christmas movie. Before bed the kids will track Santa one final time before placing put milk and cookies. Once they are tucked into bed, hubby reads to them the Twas the Night Before Christmas and a childs version book of the First Christmas.
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Christmas Eve day, I'm busy doing what i can ahead of time for that evening and Christmas day. Late afternoon, my husband and i go to church. When we come home, my step sons are over, and we have an assortment of appetizers. later on, I put on a pot of coffee, and we have dessert. After the boys leave, my husband and i exchange one small Christmas present, then it's off the bed, thinking about Christmas day.

Christmas morning., I put on a pot of coffee, and we play Christmas music. My husband and i open our presents, the have breakfast. Usually eveyyear, I make a baked omelet. My step sons come over late morning, we open more presents, and my husband and daughter in law, help me with dinner. WE have dinner, then after cleaning up, relax for a while. I put out coffee and dessert, so there's more eating going on. Usually that night, after everyone leaves, we relax, talk about the nice day, and watch Christmas movies.
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Well, every Christmas Eve we go to my step sister's house and eat, and open gifts and all this stuff. I end up going to sleep in the car right before we leave.
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It's such a great day I don't know where to start! Christmas Eve is always spent at my parents. My bro/sil from MA usually roll in to town Dec. 22 or 23rd, so celebrations usually begin a night or 2 before Christmas Eve! They stay at my parents house. BUT unless Christmas Eve falls on a weekend my hubby has to work, so I get him off to work, then I walk to my Mom/Dads for coffee & to help set up for the evening festivities. My sister(s) usually show up there too. A lot of times my brother(s) will walk back to my house with me for a coffee (or a beer/mixed drink - depending on the time of day) When they head back to Mom/Dads I finish making any food that still needs to be made & wrapping any presents that might still need to be wrapped. Then I get myself ready, load up all the presents & bring them to my parents & let the festivities begin! When my hubby calls to say he is home I will go back & pick him up! (There are so many people at my parents for Christmas Eve - almost 50 - we try to come in as few vehicles as possible.) There is always food galore - kitchen table is filled with snacks! Supper is usually served around 6:30 which consists of Smokehouse Spaghetti, bruschetta, salad, garlic bread, corn from the garden, & whatever side dishes everyone brings. After supper the Grandkids (my great nieces/nephews) & my parents & any adults with a gift under the tree - open their presents, then we have the adult white elephant gift exchange - where you steal gifts. We have a guys exchange & a girls exchange but we do it all together. By the time that is over it's somewhere between 10 & 11:00. My best friend & her Mom come over later in the evening. (her Mom lives 2 doors down from my parents) My BF & I exchange gifts. They stick around most of the night. Sometimes my cousins (who's parents live next door) come over caroling or we go there caroling. We eat MORE snacks & hang out until...whenever!
A new "tradition" that has been started the last few years: My parents are getting older & they seem to be exhausted after all the activities of the day - we are not ready to call it quits yet, so my nieces/nephews like to go to the Tavern a couple miles down the road from my parents & some of my brothers/sisters, my hubby & I will go along. Then Mom/Dad can have some peace & quite & go to bed. Of course we help them clean up before we leave! Last year we went along to the Tavern & got home at 3:30 am - after bringing my nieces/nephews home! Such a fun fun day!!!


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I have Christmas dinner on Christmas eve. Started doing this when my kids were little because it gave me freedom to enjoy the kids on Christmas Day. So I continue to have the traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and my children come with their families.
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I love Christmas Eve! So we start with breakfast,ham & cheese croissants. we have the radio on in the kitchen,t.v on in the parlor. candles burning,oven on baking goodies. kids will put their gingerbread house together.they usually get along for this!
we clean up the house,wrap any gifts left and prep any foods. I don't go anywhere,never was a fan of taking my kids out.but have no problem with family & friends coming by.
Lunch is easy and something quick,I make chicken Gumbo for dinner with potato salad and crusty French bread.kids & I will open a gift after dinner. baths,pj's and tracking santa time. A Christmas story goes on at 8pm and stays on all night.
Kids leave something for santa & the deers. they hop in bed and when I know their asleep the magic happens.Candy dishes are filled,presents are under the tree ,stockings are filled and mum has a glass of gin!
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Christmas Eve has always been my favorite day of the year. While things have certainly changed since I was younger (I am 27 now) Many of our traditions have stayed the same.

We always go to my grandparent's for dinner. In the past it was my mom's whole side of the family but with all of us getting older, it is occasionally just a smaller portion of our family.

We typically have a big dinner with either turkey or ham, sweet potatoes, veggies and because we are of Slovak ancestry we often have a mushroom soup made with sauerkraut juice, onions and mushrooms. It is not the best tasting (or smelling!) thing in the world but it has become such a tradition that it wouldn't feel like Christmas without it. We also have oplatky, which is a slovak Christmas wafer that is dipped in honey and my grandmother makes rozek - which is a pastry filled with either apricot, nut or raspberry filling.

We do some gift exchanges and I am typically switching the channels between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story", then we sit and drink wine and coffee while enjoying each others company and nibbling on treats.

Most of my family usually goes to church either at 4 PM Mass or early Christmas morning but it has been a tradition of mine to go to midnight mass. Strangely, I like to go by myself and it doesn't feel like Christmas without going to midnight mass. I typically then come home and doze off while watching A Christmas Story.

Most of my memories of Christmas from when I was younger are all from Christmas eve and there is always something so magical about that night and I absolutely love it.
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Christmas Eve has always been my favorite day of the year. While things have certainly changed since I was younger (I am 27 now) Many of our traditions have stayed the same.

We always go to my grandparent's for dinner. In the past it was my mom's whole side of the family but with all of us getting older, it is occasionally just a smaller portion of our family.

We typically have a big dinner with either turkey or ham, sweet potatoes, veggies and because we are of Slovak ancestry we often have a mushroom soup made with sauerkraut juice, onions and mushrooms. It is not the best tasting (or smelling!) thing in the world but it has become such a tradition that it wouldn't feel like Christmas without it. We also have oplatky, which is a slovak Christmas wafer that is dipped in honey and my grandmother makes rozek - which is a pastry filled with either apricot, nut or raspberry filling.

We do some gift exchanges and I am typically switching the channels between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story", then we sit and drink wine and coffee while enjoying each others company and nibbling on treats.

Most of my family usually goes to church either at 4 PM Mass or early Christmas morning but it has been a tradition of mine to go to midnight mass. Strangely, I like to go by myself and it doesn't feel like Christmas without going to midnight mass. I typically then come home and doze off while watching A Christmas Story.

Most of my memories of Christmas from when I was younger are all from Christmas eve and there is always something so magical about that night and I absolutely love it.
What wonderful traditions!! 🎄


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Christmas Eve day, I'm busy doing what i can ahead of time for that evening and Christmas day. Late afternoon, my husband and i go to church. When we come home, my step sons are over, and we have an assortment of appetizers. later on, I put on a pot of coffee, and we have dessert. After the boys leave, my husband and i exchange one small Christmas present, then it's off the bed, thinking about Christmas day.

Christmas morning., I put on a pot of coffee, and we play Christmas music. My husband and i open our presents, the have breakfast. Usually eveyyear, I make a baked omelet. My step sons come over late morning, we open more presents, and my husband and daughter in law, help me with dinner. WE have dinner, then after cleaning up, relax for a while. I put out coffee and dessert, so there's more eating going on. Usually that night, after everyone leaves, we relax, talk about the nice day, and watch Christmas movies.

Doesn't get any better than this. Great post!
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