Merry Christmas Eve......What To Do?

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Merry Christmas Eve...What To Do?

 

 

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center
 
I Posted this a few years ago, but thought it was interesting and I'd share it again.  Merry Christmas Eve Everyone!      
 

 

I found this great article by Kori Ellis.  See below for some wonderful ideas on what to do this Christmas Eve:

 

What To Do On Christmas Eve

Kids are full of anticipation on Christmas Eve, while parents are often stressed about last-minute gift-wrapping and other Christmas Day preparations. Slow down a little bit and enjoy Christmas Eve with a special holiday tradition. This year, start a new Christmas Eve tradition that your whole family will love for generations to come.

Christmas Eve gift tradition with kids

Help those in need

Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the material aspects of the holiday season that we forget about giving back. Teach your children about the importance of helping those in need. On Christmas Eve, bring gifts to your local children's shelter, volunteer your family time at a neighborhood soup kitchen or find another way to help the less fortunate.

"We have made it a Christmas Eve tradition to invite someone in need into our home for a special meal and evening of holiday fun," says Marcella Morani, a mom of three in Houston. "You can always find a serviceman or other person who is away from his family during the holidays who will really appreciate the gesture."

Open one gift

Is the anticipation of waiting until Christmas morning too much for your kids to handle? Make it a Christmas Eve tradition to open just one gift before going to bed. This can be a fabulous time for your children to exchange gifts that they have bought (or made) for each other.

"It's been a tradition in our family since I was little," explains Laura Johnsen, mother of four boys. "And, I have carried it on with my own kids. Right before bedtime at Christmas Eve, we all sit around the Christmas tree and each open one present. The kids always beg for one more, but they know they have to wait until morning for the rest."

Go to church at midnight

Many people don't find the time to attend worship services on Christmas Day. So instead, go to church at midnight on Christmas Eve. Most churches offer a midnight (or at least a late evening) service on Christmas Eve.

Prepare Christmas breakfast

Who has time to cook on Christmas morning? Make it a family tradition to prepare a special Christmas breakfast the night before. Kids can help by squeezing fresh orange juice, making a breakfast fruit salad or setting the table. To make things easier, you can prepare a breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve that you can just pop in the oven in the morning.

 

Predictions for the new year

Some countries have very unusual (and funny) traditions on Christmas Eve. For example, people throw Loksa (bread, water and poppy seeds) on their ceiling in Slovakia. If the Loksa sticks, the harvest will be bountiful in the next year. On the other hand, single women in the Czech Republic find out if they will marry in the coming year. On Christmas Eve, the woman stands with her back to the door and throws a shoe over her shoulder. If the shoe lands with the toe pointing toward the door, she'll get married in the upcoming year.

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Rainmaker
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June Piper-Brandon
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We used to open one gift on Christmas Eve when I was a kid growing up.   These are some great ideas.  Merry Christmas. 

Dec 24, 2014 12:05 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Best wishes for a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2014 12:10 AM #2
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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June, that is a nice tradition!

Roy, great costume!!!

Dec 24, 2014 12:16 AM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kristin Johnston and Merry Christmas to a special person.  Great list you have here.  Hey Santa has you on a extra good list this year!

Dec 24, 2014 12:26 AM #4
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I guess I fooled him then Will, huh?  Ha ha :-)  I try to be a good girl!

Dec 24, 2014 12:35 AM #5
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Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day, Kristin, regardless of how you spend it.   D 

Dec 24, 2014 01:17 AM #6
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Just Stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Dec 24, 2014 02:36 AM #7
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K~I remember going to church at midnight! I'd completely forgotten about that...and it was quite magical.Sending  great thoughts your way!

                       Happy Holidays from your friend at Fishhawk Lake!

 

Dec 24, 2014 02:36 AM #8
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I wish the same for you Gail :-)
Thank you Michele!

Dec 24, 2014 02:43 AM #9
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We always let Tim open one gift on Christmas Eve.  I don't know if it helped or not 

Dec 24, 2014 07:31 AM #10
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Kristin- I love to hear about everyone's different traditions.  We had an early dinner on the Avenue and are watching A Christmas Story.

Dec 24, 2014 09:47 AM #11
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Kathy I love that movie. TonI that is nice of you

Dec 24, 2014 01:21 PM #12
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Good morning Kristin. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 24, 2014 07:06 PM #13
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same to you Michael :-)

Dec 24, 2014 11:11 PM #14
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Very goood ideas. Merry Christmas to you and Rocky and you have a great 2015

Dec 24, 2014 11:14 PM #15
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Thanks Tom...same to you

Dec 24, 2014 11:22 PM #16
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Good suggestions, especially the late night services.

Merry Christmas Kristin, I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 25, 2014 02:33 PM #17
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Thanks Bob...I hope you are too!

Dec 25, 2014 11:29 PM #18
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Inna Ivchenko
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I took my kids to our friends, even I wanted to spend it home, just us.

Hope, you had a lovely Christmas:)

Happy Holidays, dear!

Dec 29, 2014 06:38 PM #19
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Same to you Inna ;)

Dec 29, 2014 10:54 PM #20
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