Although Christmas is a wonderful time of year for celebrations and family gatherings my family has a tradition that takes place just one day earlier. First thing in the morning we have a big family breakfast and all the kids help prepare a portion of the meal. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, are just a few of the delicious items we have to eat. The kids enjoy making our big breakfast and they look forward to it each year.
Next on our list is to clean up our mess and get started on the cookies. Each one of my four children pick a cookie they want to make for Santa. We make each kind and also bake assorted muffins and brownies. The goodies are packaged and separated into baskets and decorated. We also add a few pouches of cocoa and coffee.
Later in the afternoon we head to the mail and watch all the hustle and bustle of last minute shoppers. Take a walk around the park in town and enjoy the brisk fall/winter weather (Florida here). Towards the nights end we sprinkle oats and grain all over the lawn for the reindeer. We gather all the children into the truck with our goodie baskets and head out around base (military). We stop at each gate and give the security forces (police) a basket and wish them a safe and warm night. As we end our drive we take a look at all the beautiful holiday lights adorning the neighborhood. When we arrive home again, Daddy jumps on the computer and checks to see where NORAD has spotted the jolly red man. Kids write letters to Santa, add their cookies to the plate and fill a mug with warm cocoa. We kiss them good night and cuddle on the couch watching "Its a wonderful life"
How do you celebrate your Christmas Eve?