It was the night before Christmas …
Christmas Eve is a very special night in our house! Our Elf, Buddy, comes home with Santa Claus on his sleigh, so he leaves us a basket to enjoy his last night – he's usually full of new PCs for everyone, reindeer food to sprinkle in the Garden, a new movie for us to sit and watch before the kids go to bed and snacks to enjoy!
So, we all chilled in front of a good movie, in the hallway of our PJ! Then, before going to bed, the children sprinkle the reindeer food in the garden, we leave treasure for Santa Claus and Rudolph on our special Santa plate and we suspend all our stockings at the foot of the beds. Then we will quickly check on Santa Claus on the NORAD app, to make sure that it has not been retained anywhere and we will read The night before Christmas (we have a few different copies to choose from!)
Our children always seem to sleep well at Christmas Eve time! Last year, my son who was not quite 4 years old at the time, tried to stay awake a bit! He was sure to hear bells and see the sleigh in the sky! Fortunately, he did not stay awake too late so that we did not have to stay up half the night to fulfill our duties as Santa to eat carrots half-way and to fill socks silently.
Christmas Eve may be my favorite day, because the kids can not wait to see what's going to happen! I really believe in making things as magical as possible for them and I have every intention of continuing to do so long after they know that it's all I do!
As we are not religious, we do not do things from church and church, so I think it's good to have others traditions that we will always do instead! I think it helps to show children the importance of the day as a family vacation and we all be together and enjoy each other's company! Christmas day can be a bit hectic – especially when there is food to worry about and you have to try to prevent children from tearing all their presents open at 5am and having them all set discarded by 5.15! So, a more relaxed Christmas Eve the balance I think!