Without a doubt, Christmas is a time when everyone gets into the action. Gift-giving makes everyone feel special. When our gifts are accepted with joy, our excitement and happiness is complete.
So with that in mind, I might make a suggestion that will have you all experiencing that happiness before Christmas morning arrives.
In our family, we like to give one gift on Christmas Eve. This came about from our children being so worked up about Christmas morning that they just could not settle down on Christmas Eve. What is a parent to do? You know you want them to go to sleep so that the “elves” can do all those last minute things that need to be done. It’s now well past bedtime and the children are still finding it impossible to fall asleep. You have read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at least twice and still there is no sign of sleepiness surrounding the children.
GrammieO suggests you do what I did many years ago. We started a new tradition in our family. Christmas Eve, was the time for one special present. Everyone got this one present Mom and Dad, sisters and brothers, even guests if we had some staying with us for the holidays. How did Santa know?
After everyone was finished with dinner, it was time for that special Christmas Eve gift. Everyone gathered around and one by one names were read out loud, and then everyone at the same time opened their special Christmas Eve Gift…….
If these styles don’t float your boat, there are plenty of other styles available. I personally like to see everyone in a matching set of PJ’s, because then Santa knows he’s at the right house.
Wow! Everyone got a new set of PJ’s! Now how is that for a big hint about what should be done next? Well, after the teeth were brushed, and PJ’s put on, everyone snuggles on the couch to hear those famous words…….”Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
By the time the story was done, all the kids, big and small were ready for Sugar Plums dancing in their heads.
Try it with your family, and I bet one present on Christmas Eve, will become a tradition in your home as well.