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.)