How did you, your family or your ancestors spend Christmas Eve?
Since it's just my husband and myself now, we spend it pretty quiet. We sometimes have my sister-in-law Judy with us so that's always a plus.
When our girls were little and they didn't know which day was actually Christmas, my husband and I would have our own "Christmas Day" at home just the four of us. Then December 24th, we'd pack our bags for several days, and all the Christmas gifts into the car for the 50 mile trek to my mother's house to celebrate Christmas Eve with her, my sister, brother and his family. We'd have a really nice dinner, open gifts, take video and lots of instant pictures with our cameras.
After a few hours, we'd pack up the girls and all our "loot", and drive another 30 miles to my in-laws house for Christmas Eve again. My in-laws would hold off gift opening until we got there. It was a very long day for us. Our girls were cranked up to the hilt and fell asleep exhausted. Luckily, we'd stay over for several nights.
Exhausting, exhilarating, thrilling, surprising and fun. Food, laughter, visiting, sharing and oh so many Kodak moments. By the time Christmas Day had actually arrived, I was usually pooped!
When I was a little girl, my parents always seem to have a friendly get together most Christmas Eves. We saw friends of theirs pop in for awhile, have a drink, and little something to eat.
My ancestors, I'm not really sure how they spent their Christmas Eve, but I bet they had fun too.