The Night Before Christmas

We are always busy, busy on Christmas Day.  Two excited kids will rush to stockings at dawn, we’ll be off to church at 7am where I’ll be singing, and then we’ll be sharing with friends and family all day.  Lots of presents to give, and food to eat, and love to share.

But Christmas Eve is our special time.  Our time for the four of us to just be a family together.

  • We wrap the last of the presents.
  • We read the Christmas Story together.
  • The kids put out their stockings.
  • We turn the house lights off and sit in front of the twinkling tree.
  • We pray for others – especially for less fortunate families in Australia, for children living in poverty, and for all those who will be working on Christmas Day.
  • We get the kids into bed early!  They need a good night’s sleep before the big day.

Then hubby and I get time to ourselves.  There are always carols by candlelight* on tv, so while we listen we wrap the kids’ presents, and prepare food for the next day.  In the “calm before the storm” we take a moment to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives.

How do you spend Christmas Eve?

(* In Australia, Christmas is in our mid-summer. We have a tradition of big-scale, outdoor Christmas concerts where everyone sits on blankets with candles to sing carols together.  The biggest of these are televised nationally and include performances by Australia’s finest entertainers.)

8 thoughts on “The Night Before Christmas

  1. Last year we opened our presents on Christmas Eve, simply because my husband was working from 6am-2pm on Christmas day, which meant he would miss presents and christmas lunch. We made it like our “mini christmas” with just the four of us, and had something simple, but a little special for dinner. This year (thank God) he doesn’t work Christmas day, but we will still try to make the 24th special.

  2. We go to our Christmas Eve church service. On the way home we admire the homes that have been decorated with ‘Christmas’ lights. Then the boys head to bed while hubby and I fill stockings, do any last minute prep and watch the Carols on TV. Lovely ;)
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  3. This year the kids and I are spending it at my parents house. Best to make the most of the kids on christmas day as I only have them til 2 and I dont want their whole day taken up driving in the car around Brisbane. It will be nice to have a mini holiday at their place. Lots of swimming, baking, and prep for the big day. So we will head over around 1 tomorrow. Im sure my parents will love the joy of small kids to wake up to on Christmas day too. Oh and im sure that the UNO cards will make an appearance as they are the only card games we know once the kids are asleep.

  4. Hmm sounds nice :) christmas Day is so busy busy, but it wouldn’t be Christmas day if it wasn’t would it?! We’re planning on getting our children down early too… makes for a much more pleasant day :) Have a wonderful Christmas Cath! xx
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  5. We have a family ‘Red faces’ night where the children and grown ups do some silly/serious acts for each other. The children get to open one present (always new pj’s- so that in the morning when I take photos of them opening their Christmas presents they are always wearing gorgeous jammies). They have a shower, dress in their Christmas PJ’s, go outside and sprinkle some magic reindeer food (despite the fact they know Santa is not real), lay out their stockings and then watch some of Carols by Candlelight before going to bed.

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