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Our Christmas Eve looks like complete chaos! 41 people ages 3 months to 83 years, stuffed into my parents tv room & I LOVE IT!!!! Food, food, more food, presents galore, its LOUD, and it's Christmas to me!!!
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Our family doesn't really have any major traditions on Christmas Eve.
Some years, we have our big dinner on Christmas Eve, some years we do it on Christmas day. Sometimes I go over to my dad's house.
But, every year, we do pretty much track Santa all day, watch Christmas movies all day, and then make cookies in the evening.
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Our kids have magical elves that go back to the North Pole the night of the 23rd so when the kids wake up on Christmas Eve morning they will find their gift from their Elf - new PJS.
This year not sure if we are going to my dad's for breakfest on Christmas Eve or if he will come to our house on Christmas morning.
The kids will spend the afternoon watching christmas shows/movies and tracking Santa.
We will have a hugh Feast of the 7 fishes dinner with some family and friends over - thinking about moving up dinner time to 4 pm this year.
Santa comes around on the local fire truck in the early evening and his elves will hand put candy canes to the kids.
We relax with the kids and watch a christmas movie and enjoy some home made cookies and hot chocolate before the kids have to go to bed.
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My family doesn't really have a Christmas Eve ritual anymore. These days its my dad & I running to the store getting last minute gifts for people we've forgotten about on our list. After we get back in my parents pile all the gifts on me to wrap & I normally find a nice classic movie to watch like Holiday Inn or Miracle on 34th Street or listen to the radio while wrapping gifts. Nothing too spectacular.

Christmas Eve is also my grandfather's birthday so I fix him up a nice meal & give him his gift. I always manage to find time to go to my grandmother's house & see if there are any last minute things that she may need.

As a kid I always looked forward to Christmas eve, my Grandparents (dad's parents) would have a wonderful dinner every year. All of the family & friends would drop by. All of the kids would pile into the TV room & our bedroom and play for hours! We would try to sneak & look at the presents that our grandparents got us and then we'd try to hurry to sleep so that the next morning would awake us.

I truly miss that. I wish someone else would pick up that tradition.
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Christmas Eve is going to a little different this year, since it's going to be the first time in 20 years that my sister won't be here for Christmas. Cool, I just found out that my sister's story is actually a Christmas with the Kranks reference. Anyways, back on point.

In the morning, me and my family meet up with family friends and hang out until about 2:00 p.m. After that, I watch a few Christmas movies, do a bit of Christmas cooking and I chill out for a bit after that. At around 6:00 p.m. Me and my family gather up and watch the carols on television. The same family friends pop around and spend dinner with us and we have a bit of fun after that. When the carols end, I put out some milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Just to keep my childhood memories alive. I put out my stockings and go to bed.
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Our Christmas Eve starts EARLY that morning. My wife sleeps late, so I usually go to my Mom's house (100 yards away) where my folks are visiting and my brother is there...this year he will have his wife with him so that will make it better. We will sit around, have breakfast, and just visit. It's cool...the only time of the year where it is just the four of us. Doesn't happen often.

The rest of the day is spent at home with my wife....she is usually cooking pecan pie and other things. I help, we listen to Christmas music, and watch TV. Regardless of what we are doing, we always try to track Santa.

That evening, it's either my folks or her folks for a Christmas Eve meal. It's great! Then its back to our house to watch TV and us visit.

Best day of the year...hands down.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:37 AM
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Oh, Christmas Eve!!

Obviously, I love Christmas Eve, but the traditions at my home have since died down over the past few years. I guess the fact that I am on the downside of my 20s, everyone (cousins, etc) has their own families to celebrate with. Nonetheless, I still cherish being able to spend Christmas with my mom and whomever else may show up.

My mom usually just throws some finger foods in the oven and we munch on those for dinner. Christmas Day is the big feast! They used to go to Midnight Mass, but now, they prefer the 7PM mass. I don't blame them. While they are at mass, I usually just hangout at home and watch Christmas movies to help increase my childish glow of excitement.

Santa usually places the presents under the Christmas Tree even before I go to bed. I still haven't caught him! I am still unable to sleep properly on Christmas, so I go to bed a little late. As I move from the basement to my bed upstairs, I always avoid looking at the Christmas Tree. I want to experience that childish excitement for the first time in the morning. I may be in my mid-20s, but the magical feeling of seeing the presents under the tree for the first time in the morning still exists. It always will.

Oh, Christmas Eve.... It brings such excitement. Hard to believe that Christmas Eve is one day more than two months away!
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Oh, Christmas Eve. *sigh*

If Christmas Eve falls on a weekday, hubs and I usually end up working until noon. Well, for me it's more like "working". I finish up a few things before the holiday, listen to Christmas music, track Santa, wrap a couple of last minute gifts for hubby and enjoy lots of yummy church lady baked treats before heading home for the evening.

Once we're both home, we gather all our gifts and treats and make the one hour drive to my in-laws house - singing Christmas carols the whole way (loudly and off key because that's just how we roll).

At my mother-in-laws we all gather together for an evening of fun and laughter with family and friends. My in-laws host a Christmas Eve open house with tons of VERY yummy finger foods (hubs has been known to yell out "Christmas weenies!" upon entering the house - it's all about the food for him) and desserts spread out for everyone to enjoy.

In the background A Christmas Story is always playing and sometimes Christmas music as well. We chat, laugh, share stories and eat until we're ready to pop and then when the kids (well, teenagers now) can stand it no longer we gather around the tree by the fireplace and we exchange gifts.

After the gifts are all opened we sit around for a while just enjoying the Christmas lights, the roaring fire and the Christmas feeling.
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I have always enjoyed Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day!

DH & DD treat Christmas Eve morning like a normal Saturday morning at home. They are on the computer, watching tv, playing, etc. I am cleaning house in preparation for Santa's midnight arrival. Laundry, dishes, etc., etc. While doing these things, I'm watching Christmas programming on tv & feeling my excitement build.

In the afternoon we do one of a few things, depending on the year: 1. go the the mall & people watch & eat at the food court; 2. driving around looking at Christmas lights; 3. go out to eat

We always go to DH's best friend's house & have a gift exchange with him & his family. After that we come home to make cookies for Santa (maybe cupcakes this year), throw out reindeer food, & get DD in bed. I stay up to watch tv: It's a Wonderful Life, local news, then an annual local tv program, followed by the beginning of the 24 hour The Christmas Story marathon. At midnight I help Santa deliver DD's gifts, then I go to bed.

I'm up on Christmas morning at 6 a.m., just like every other day of the year. We always have to wake DD up to open gifts (she's six, so I wonder how many more years we have until she has us up in the wee hours...).

I normally have to be in bed by 10 p.m. & am up at 6 a.m. I have to have at least eight hours of sleep to function well. I'm usually really tired by Christmas night when we're at my parent's house. I need to start trying to take a nap after lunch on Christmas Eve, so I can keep going strong through Christmas Day.

Wow, two months from RIGHT NOW I should be taking that nap. I'm so excited!!!
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Love reading all your Christmas eve traditions but forgot I haven't actually written my own
Looks like I'm down to work this year but I'll be finished by midday hopefully, then I can get on with the rest of my day.
Normally I wake up quite early so I can get to town and buy any last minute bits and pieces, once I'm done I'll meet my mum from work which will work out well this year as we should both finish around the same time. We grab a quick lunch then back home to make cakes and mince pies for Christmas day. We used to visit relatives that lived in the same village as my grandad but the past 2 years we've gone on boxing day instead. So once we're home from that's it for the rest of the day now unless we get invited to someone house for drinks and nibbles.
Christmas eve night normally consists of watching movies whilst having a chinese or indian take out for supper and getting the rest of the presents wrapped. My mum usually goes to bed for me so I settle down with a hot chocolate and watch either Miracle on 34th Street or The Polar Express
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