December 24 – Traditions
It was always our tradition when I was growing up that the family would all be together on Christmas Eve. Aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, nieces, nephews, everyone gathered at our house to celebrate. We would eat dinner, open massive amounts of presents and then go to midnight mass.
When I got married and the kids came along, the tradition changed and Christmas Eve became the night for feverishly wrapping the last minute gifts and staying up past midnight to put together the “Santa” presents and fill the stockings.
This year, while there were no aunts or cousins, there were more than just the five of us and we did celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve because my husband was flying out on Christmas Day to be with his mom in Oregon and it would be the only chance we would have to get together until the New Year.
The stockings were hung and stuffed to the brim.