We have a tradition in my family where on Christmas Eve the first person to say "Christmas Eve Gift" when talking to another family member has to give them an extra gift on Christmas Eve. It's always so fun and I'm not sure I've actually ever received the gift part of it, but we try to beat each other saying it. Before cell phones and technology it was a lot easier to get the other person, but when caller ID came out the other person would answer the phone "Christmas Eve Gift" so they could say it before you did. As fun as this game is, we all know that gifts are not what Christmas is really all about. Being with the ones you love and celebrating the birth of Jesus is truly why we celebrate. This has been a hard year for both sides of my family losing my uncle on one side and my aunt on the other. But that gives us all the more reason to enjoy being together and celebrate what really matters. We know that we will see them again in heaven and that God is still good and that's the most important thing. In that we have a reason to still be joyful and celebrate!
Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love all the decorations, the traditions, and being with friends and family. Something about the season makes me so excited and joyful. Last night my little sister came over and spent the night. We did some last minute shopping and had fun spending time together.
This afternoon we are going to my church for a Christmas Eve service and then spending Christmas Eve with my dad's side of the family. We usually have a gift exchange, but one of my aunt's came of with the idea of brining things from around your house that are nice but maybe you don't want anymore and having an auction. That way you can bid on the items that you want and spend as much or as little as you can and then all the money will go to my sister Annalie for missions in Honduras. I think that is such a great idea! You can still go home with something that you like and then all your money goes to a good cause! So excited about that.
After Christmas Eve with my dad's family, all my brothers and sisters go to my parents house and spend the night. When we wake up on Christmas morning we open our gifts and have a big Christmas breakfast. Then my mom's side of the family is coming over for Christmas dinner. I am so looking forward to these next couple of days!
Take some extra time to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and cherish your time together. Merry Christmas!