Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve Traditions

Every year on Christmas Eve we have several traditions that we follow through with. First is the annual Christmas Eve service/Communion. I look forward to this every year. One of my favorite moments is singing Silent Night as each member of the congregation lights a candle. It is such a beautiful sight.

After dinner and presents with the Rogers family we do a few things before sending the kids to bed to await Santa. First of all, they look forward to Christmas Eve because after a long Christmas season, they finally get to touch their Elf on a Shelf. This year we added a girl elf to our family and Ava named her RoseMerry. As we got closer to Christmas Eve the kids would say stuff about waiting to touch the elf. So on Christmas Eve morning they both grabbed their elves and gave them lots of kisses and love.

No Christmas is complete with tracking Santa on the radar. It helps get the kids in bed when we see that he is getting closer and closer because no kid wants to miss Santa! We then prepare snacks and milk for Santa, his reindeer, and the Christmas mouse. This is one of Ava's favorite things to do.

Lastly, before bed, we leave our magic key on the door so that Santa will be able to come in since we don't have a chimney. He uses it and then leaves it beside his dishes to let us know that he is done.

All of these things are part of the fabric of my holiday season and I cherish each little tradition and hope they withstand the test of time.
We always leave cheese for the Christmas mouse even though Bradley says that is just for white trash people. ;)

Then at the end of a long day, I take a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and how blessed I am. I am blessed beyond measure.

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