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Merry Christmas Eve – What Are Your Plans?

December 24, 2010 · 40 comments

in Life

I love Christmas Eve.  It is such a fun day, if not a little bit hectic.

Each year on this day, I think back to the Christmas Eve nights I spent as a kid.  We would go over to my Grandma’s house, who would serve us a meal of appetizers- Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs, that kind of thing.  At the time, I could not stand those foods, but I choked them down anyway.  Now, I love them, and I make deviled eggs every Christmas Eve myself.  One of the best parts of the night was opening my present from my Grandma (usually Tinker Toys), and listening to the ‘Santa Report on the radio.  (Those radio announcers could always spot Santa, but I  never could…)  My Grandma always put out Christmas cookies for us too and she swore they were homemade.  However, the jig was up when I saw her hiding an ‘Awrey’s’ package in the kitchen one time.  I loved those little round cookies with the powdered sugar all over them.   Now that I think about it, I had never seen my Grandma bake ever, so why did I ever believe that she baked those cookies in the first place?  Then again, a giant fat man flying in the sky with a bunch of reindeer doesn’t make much sense either, but I believed that for awhile too.

Today, our Christmas Eve day is plenty busy.  The kids and I bake all kinds of Christmas cookies, which is always so much fun.  At some point in the day I end up going on a last minute shopping spree, as I always seem to have forgotten something.  For the evening, we head over to my husband’s cousin’s house to visit with his side of the family for a few hours.  It is so funny because they only live 30 minutes away, but we only see them once  a year.  Each year we say ‘we will have to do this more frequently’, but then we never do.  Isn’t that awful?

After we get back, the kids go to bed, and we wrap the presents that haven’t been wrapped already.  I am so behind this year that barely anything is wrapped.  The snow days and being sick just threw a wrench into all my plans to be properly prepared this year.  Oh well, since the Santa charade is over, I can be as loud as I want and I don’t have to wait until the kids are asleep to start gathering up the presents.  (They just better stay in their rooms!)

How will you be spending Christmas Eve?

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Nicole December 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

Last night we realized we forgot to buy any food for (much less plan for) Christmas dinner.

Here’s the plan today:
1. Boys get up, get dressed. We put preschooler in pullups since he’s been having accidents.
2. Drive to City.
3. Eat lunch out with my family.
4. Drop sister and son off at the Nutcracker.
5. Take parents to Whole Foods. Buy things for potluck dinner and for Christmas dinner.
6. Return to sister’s house to make food for potluck dinner.
7. Make food for potluck dinner.
8. Pick up sister and son at theater
9. Rest?
10. Under-40 year olds go to sister’s friend’s potluck. Over-40 year olds stay home unless they have a sudden change of heart which is always possible with my parents.
11. Drive back to small town with entire family, hope that DC fell asleep and put him to bed.
12. Stuff stocking and place on DC’s bed.
13. Sleep until morning! (Then make coffee, open presents with family, eat breakfast.)


Everyday Tips December 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

What an action packed day! What are you making for the potluck? I am always looking for good potluck recipes!


Nicole December 25, 2010 at 12:21 am

Well, we ended up making stuffing and apple crumble. When we got there my sister informed us we were making stuffing, and I said… but I didn’t bring *that* cookbook. So I improvised but it wasn’t that great… it came out a bit tasteless because her spices are ancient and she didn’t have any little finishing spices (like garlic salt) to fix it. AND someone else brought stuffing too.

The apple crumble was great though. We had to leave before most of the guests got to dessert, so we don’t know if they appreciated it or not.

I’m now off to do step 13. (Also parents decided to drive to our place early.)


Money Reasons December 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

-I hope to go sledding with the kids (I’ll have to check with my wife to see if she has other plans).

-Visit with my sister, her family traveled up here and is staying at my parent’s house.

-We usually celebrate Christmas Eve at my wife’s parents house, but this year a small issue caused this plan to be postponed until Christmas day.

-Christmas movies with a small fire in the fireplace and popcorn.


Everyday Tips December 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

Sounds very nice! Do you still have a lot of snow? We only have about 4 inches up here.

I would love a movie and a fire and popcorn. Don’t think there will be enough time in the day to do it though.



Mrs. Accountability December 24, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’m going to be baking a couple of things to bring to my MIL’s house tomorrow. We pretty much already had our Christmas. We’re worse than little children! I have to do some catching up housework (place goes to heck on the days I work) and get ready for being away from home tomorrow. Have a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!


Everyday Tips December 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thank you for the holiday wishes! I will be baking a lot today too, it is one of my favorite parts of Christmas!

I love that you couldn’t wait to exchange some presents. I remember that feeling as a kid, and we did give my husband his present already so I still suffer from it! 🙂

Happy holidays to you too!


Financial Samurai December 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

Merry Christmas! Gonna buy my woman a cupcake and celebrate her promotion! Then I’m going to write and Skype to all my family and wish them well.


Everyday Tips December 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

Congrats to your woman on the promotion. Did it just happen! You could always bake her one of those scary, giant cupcakes that you can fill with strange fillings that they advertise on TV… (those make me nauseous whenever I see the commercial)

Enjoy ‘seeing’ your family. Do any family members live near you?


retirebyforty December 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

Merry Christmas! I am going to do clean up our rental condo and move a few things. It’s almost done so shouldn’t take more than a few hours. After that, just relax at home and call family and friends. Send your winning to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Blog a little and anticipate what I’m getting for Christmas!!! 🙂
Christmas is great.


The Biz of Life December 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’ll be frantically wrapping presents, and helping the boss in any way she needs.


Aloysa December 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Merry Christmas, Kris! We are shopping for a down comforter and maybe a new winter coat for me. Then we are watching our Christmas movies. Have a wonderful Christmas!


First Gen American December 25, 2010 at 6:33 am

I went to my husband’s family’s grab. They all have such a wonderful sense of humor. Like you, we have a great time and make future plans that never materialize. They live almost 3 hours away though. My husband got some flutie flakes off of ebay for the grab gift. I guess everyone loved doug flutie in their household growing up.

Unfortunately I missed all the banter and present opening. I got really sick and was throwing up outside for most of it. The drive home was miserable but I swear my husband was going like 100…he’s such a gentleman. I don’t know if I drank too much or what, but normally I don’t get sick like that until the middle of the night if it’s from drinking. Maybe it was just my way of getting my christmas wish of a flatter stomach.

Wow Chris look at your Alexa rank. Way to go girl and Merry Christmas.


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