Hosting Christmas Eve

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. ~George Bernard Shaw

We’re hosting Christmas Eve at our house this year… Most of our family lives within an hour of us, and about 15-20 of them will be arriving this afternoon.

We’re doing some last minute tidying up, preparing the food and generally running around in circles.  Christmas Eve was always an important part of the holiday season for us.

Doug was about to charge the presents!

Doug was about to charge the presents!

Gifts from Santa are opened on Christmas morning, but gifts from siblings,cousins, nieces etc. are opened on Christmas Eve.

My Mother established this tradition before I was even thought of and, although she’s passed on, we continue to honor it.

I need to get back out there and make sure everything is getting done.

I left Doug in charge of tidying up my nutcracker collection… He took this task literally though, and tried to mount an actual charge upon the present pile…

Sometimes I wonder about that monkey…

Happy Christmas Eve!



  1. Merry Christmas to you, Doug, and your family.

    1. Thanks Craig, and to you too.

  2. talesfromthelou · · Reply

    All the best to you and your family!

    1. Thanks! And to you as well…

  3. Wow, John… 15-20 family members getting together in Noche Buena, that sounds some fun..!!. In Spain Christmas Eve is also a very important celebration, but I’ve decided to stay in London his year… Feliz Navidad John!..x

    1. Merry Christmas Gloria! I hope you had a nice holiday. Ours was great… Now we’re heading out to visit family that lives farther away… Hours of driving.

  4. Doug’s a cute little monkey. I kinda hope he gets a little brother or sister for Christmas — hopefully he’s not a jealous monkey!

    All the best to you and yours, Doug and John, this Christmas and for 2014.

    1. Hey Tim- Doug isn’t jealous, but no sibling arrived under the tree. One monkey is more than enough! Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas Doug

    1. Thanks David… The same to you.

  6. Merry Christmas!! 🙂

    1. Thank you Alla! Merry Christmas to you too!

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