It's Christmas Eve and everyone you meet is near to burst because tomorrow is their favorite day of the year!
Though I do love Christmas, for me, the best day is today! Christmas Eve. My dear Reader, you know that I love to set a stage and there is none other set like there will be tonight!
I have spent a little over a month getting my props just so. Every detail is thought out. It starts with the Christmas decorations and is even in the careful consideration of the wrapping paper and ribbons. I feel the wrapped gifts are just as much apart of the decor as the ornaments on the tree. Every year I choose a color scheme and stick to it. This year I went with silver and green simply because I had scads of silver and green ribbon left over from a Homecoming party Caren and I decorated for.
We tuck the boys in with a special Christmas Eve prayer and then Aaron and I retire to the basement to work on a jigsaw puzzle or to watch a Christmas special or both. We have a glass or two of eggnog ourselves (with plenty of nog) and wait until the boys are sound asleep. When we see that the sugar plumbs are dancing, we pull out the Santa Gifts. They are specially labeled from the North Pole and have a unique ribbon tied about them. The stockings get stuffed. The cookies are eaten and typically something near the fireplace is disturbed as proof that Santa had made an entrance.
And then I in my kerchief and Aaron in his cap will finally settle down for a long winters nap....(except that the anticipation is too delicious!!!)