On Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year, second only to Christmas Day itself.  By Christmas Eve, shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped, the chaos of holidays is over and it's time to relax and enjoy family and friends. 

Early in the evening, we go to a candlelight service at church.  From singing traditional carols, to listening to Luke's account of the Christmas Story, to seeing friends who are home for the holidays, Christmas Eve services are so special.

When we get home from church, we have a family dinner, usually including a beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, spinach, and some delicious dessert (obviously red wine and champagne too!).

After dinner, we all veg out in front of the tv and watch It's a Wonderful Life.  It's such a powerful and heartwarming story that inevitably leaves me feeling thankful for my life, family, and friends.

After the movie, we don our pajamas to hang up our stockings (my mom never hangs them up until late Christmas Eve).  Tasteful plaid pajamas are in order, since we'll be spending most of Christmas morning in them as well!

And lastly, right before bed, we read Margaret Wise Brown's On Christmas Eve.  Margaret Wise Brown choses every word so wisely, making the story come to life.  The illustrations by Beni Montresor are simple and beautiful. 

Then it's off to bed!  Do you have special Christmas Eve traditions?  Merry Christmas!
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