It was always our tradition when I was growing up that the family would all be together on Christmas Eve. Aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, nieces, nephews, everyone gathered at our house to celebrate. We would eat dinner, open massive amounts of presents and then go to midnight mass.
When I got married and the kids came along, the tradition changed and Christmas Eve became the night for feverishly wrapping the last minute gifts and staying up past midnight to put together the "Santa" presents and fill the stockings.
This year, while there were no aunts or cousins, there were more than just the five of us and we did celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve because my husband was flying out on Christmas Day to be with his mom in Oregon and it would be the only chance we would have to get together until the New Year.
The stockings were hung and stuffed to the brim.
We sat around and opened lots of presents.
We shared Love.
Our family is growing little by little. We make new traditions to go along with the old.
December 25 - Today is...
Today is a quiet day as I am sending my hubby off to be with his mom. I have a chance to put away the wrapping paper and get the house back to some order. It gives me a chance to reflect on how grateful I am for everything that is good in my life. Tomorrow, back to work!